Spanking is a longstanding custom in many cultures. But a new study shows that the destructive effects of spanking may lead to mental illness in children.
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.