Give Spanking a Time Out

Researchers say harsh physical punishment to discipline children has been linked to mental health problems.

In a study published in the August 2012 edition of the journal Pediatrics, researchers concluded that 2 to 7 percent of “mental disorders were attributable to physical punishment,” according to a press release from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Harsh physical punishment – pushing, shoving, slapping or hitting – “was associated with increased odds of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug abuse and several personality disorders.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly opposes the use of physical punishment to discipline children.

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics news release

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