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Study: Spanking Linked to Mental Illness

Some people say, “spare the rod, spoil the child”, while others say that abuse is abuse, and that any time you hit a child, you are abusing someone smaller than you.

A new study published in Monday’s Journal of the American Academy Of Pediatrics found that children who are spanked are at a higher risk for developing mental problems.

The study surveyed 35,000 people, and found that 2 to 7 percent of mental disorders are linked to physical punishment.

The author says the study is evidence physical punishment shouldn’t ever be used on any child. The debate is still ongoing, however, because some people still maintain spanking can be effective if done correctly.

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