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Spanking May Increase Mental Illnesses

Spanking May Increase Mental Illnesses

New research suggests that being on the receiving end of physical punishment during childhood increases the risk of mental disorders in adulthood, from mood and anxiety disorders to drug and alcohol abuse. The study defined physical punishment as spanking, pushing, grabbing, shoving, slapping and hitting, "even in the absence of more severe maltreatment."

According to the research between 2 and 7 percent of mental health disorders among study participants were attributed to physical punishment.

Read the whole story (ABC News).

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