Study: Childhood Spanking May Increase Mental Health Disorders
It's a debate that's been brewing for a long time now: whether you should spank your kids.
But now there's proof that maybe you shouldn't.
A new study by Manitoba researchers shows that spanking or other forms of physical discipline like smacking or pushing increase the risk of mental disorders when kids grow up. Some of those include depression, mania and alcohol and drug abuse.
The authors estimate that eliminating childhood physical punishment could reduce the incidence of some mental health disorders in adults by up to 7 per cent.
Researchers used data collected between 2004 and 2005 in a national, representative U.S. survey of nearly 35,000 adults.
Spanking is illegal in over 30 countries, but it's still legal in Canada and the U.S. Moreover, It's estimated that about 70 percent of Canadian parents approve of spanking to discipline according to Gary Walters, a retired psychology professor at the University of Toronto.