2. Spanking can increase the likelihood of developing mental health symptoms. According to this study, links have been found from later mental health diagnoses to higher incidents of childhood spanking for disciplinary purposes. I am willing to bet that when spanking your child, your intention wasn’t to create long-term psychological problems. Source: PsychCentral.com
Michele Knox, a psychiatrist who studies family and youth violence at the University of Toledo College of Medicine agrees with those findings.
Dr. Knox says:
“Spanking and other forms of corporal punishment have a huge variety of negative outcomes, and almost no positive outcomes. Those negative outcomes include aggressive behavior and delinquency in kids.”
Furthermore, research studies have found that harsh physical punishment in the absence of child maltreatment can also be associated with the following:
- mood disorders
- anxiety disorders
- substance abuse/dependence; and
- personality disorders
These research findings surely are worth thinking about as your child’s future may depend on how you instill discipline with them now.
If you think giving your child some whooping is the ultimate answer to misbehaving, think again.
Spanking is not the answer as there are other ways for you to deal with a misbehaving child.