Skip to comments.Spanking Linked to Mental Illness, Says Study
Posted on 07/03/2012 4:56:37 AM PDT by Abathar
Although the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly discourages spanking, at least half of parents admit to physically punishing their children. Some research suggests that as many as 70-90 percent of mothers have resorted to spanking at one time or another. A new study published in the journal Pediatrics may cause parents to think more carefully before laying a hand on their little ones.
Researchers examined data from more than 34,000 adults and found that being spanked significantly increased the risk of developing mental health issues as adults. According to their results, corporal punishment is associated with mood disorders, including depression and anxiety, as well as personality disorders and alcohol and drug abuse. They estimate that as much as 7 percent of adult mental illness may be attributable to childhood physical punishment, including slapping, shoving, grabbing, and hitting. The study reports that spanking ups the risk of major depression by 41 percent, alcohol and drug abuse by 59 percent, and mania by 93 percent, among other findings.
(Excerpt) Read more at shine.yahoo.com ...
An initiative I can get behind.
Negative correlation, if any. Must be the same scientists who hold that religion is a delusion.
I have three rules:
#1 Never use my hand.
#2 Never spank out of anger.
#3 Always sit down with the child afterwards and explain why it was necessary and that I love them.
“A new study published in the journal Pediatrics may cause parents to think more carefully before laying a hand on their little ones. “
I rather think this may cause parents to think more carefully before believing what a load of crap this study and others may profess.
Correlation is not causation. Did these morons set their agenda aside long enough to consider that kids with mental illness may be less responsive to milder forms of discipline than healthier kids, so the direction of causality may be the reverse of what they assume?
“#1 Never use my hand.”
I only used my hand. My kids could EASILY distinguish when it was meant for their butts and when it was not.
Bullcrap. My sister-in-law is bi-polar and was never spanked (I know this for a fact). I wonder if they included her.
Although the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly discourages spanking...
This is why you have to ALWAYS treat your pediatrician, just like school teachers, as a threat to your family. My kids have been asked by him, when alone with him, whether there were any guns in the house...and this is a nice guy. This is also why you have CAREFULLY TRAIN your kids to give the CORRECT ANSWERS to possible questions. So, if junior is asked (by anyone) whether hes spanked, he simply says NO!. And the way to be sure that he says no is to make it clear to him that if he says yes, hell get a new mommy and daddy - always works. And, obviously, never leave junior alone with the doctor, particularly when young.
There are people you can trust and people you cannot trust. Doctors and teachers are at risk of losing their licenses and possible jail time if they dont tell the authorities about family behavior that meets an ever-changing standard set by the state, especially in blue states.
So, be careful out there.
All physicans esp PCPs have this leftist drivel as part of their practice. Physicans are as much part of the State as social workers or nurses.
BINGO - 1,2,3
This “study” violates the mos basic rules of medical research AND statistical analysis - all to support a predetermination. And the liberals at Yahoo ‘News’ eat it up.
“Considering that Freud is one of the unholy trinity of the so-called school of suspicion (the others are Karl Marx and Friedrich Nietzsche), psychiatry ought to be rejected as the abomination it is.”
You are absolutely correct. See Against Therapy by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson. Therapy and counseling is complete bunk. The therapy is based on “transference” developing the trust of the client, so they will do what you want them to do. Your therapy is then dictated by whatever is in the therapist’s sick little mind. Run
My son (13) can quote Proverbs 22:15 — and has been able to since the age of 5 or so. lol
Never had to spank mine, nor swat, not even once. However, I do believe it isn’t the spanking per se but the circumstances and especially how you treat the child afterwards. You should, for example, be somewhat sad afterwards, or at least pretend to be! :)
My favorite spanking story was when my middle kid was 14 or 15, and I’m driving with him in the front seat. He starts getting on my case and tell him to stop, he continues, I get angry and tell him to stop again. He continues - then, without even thinking (that’s what so good about it), a BACKHAND to the face. He had braces, so the blow cut his lip a bit. He cried, threatened to tell mom, but mom is from the other part of the world where Dr. Spock doesn’t exist, so he knew that mom would ask why I did hit him harder.
5 minutes later, he had stopped crying and I’ve never had to come close to whacking him again, and he does what I ask him to do (within reason, of course) - and that was 5 years ago. I recently asked him to rate his childhood on a scale of 1 to 10, knowing that he had been spanked since he was an infant. He gave it an 11. Oh yea, he LOVES animals too.
We should all share our success stories here.
There are enormous cadres of ADULTS with whom reasoning is impossible. They’re called Liberals.
To attempt reason with a child is sheer folly.
There ARE child psychologists such as Dr. Ferber who espouse early communication techniques and intelligence expansion play who are worth a read, but anyone who says that “reasoning” with an irrational animal should be disallowed from even coming in contact with children, let alone raising them.
At Easter time the wife and I were at my brothers and his wifes place. They have a daughter who is 41 years old, so not a child. My sis in law read and lived by the Spock book popular in the 1960’s which advocated never saying no and never physically punishing a child no matter what.
Following is what I and my wife witnessed. I would like you to please tell me what you yourselves would have done in this same situation as I will now describe it.
Child (remember she is 41 yrs old_ was in a rather heated discussion with dad and at some point she totally lost it and told dad to go :F**k himself, he was a “F**k” a “loser” that “everyone hates him” (sounds like projection here) and a few other choice epithets. Her mother was there and basically was wringing her hands begging her to stop, her dad as well since he was yelling also although used no profanity and relegated his argument to “how dare she speak to him in that way” sort of rhetoric.
What are your opinions on the behavior of the mom and dad in response to this outburst? How would you have handled it yourselves?
Thanks for your input.
Wait. Let me guess. Next week's study is going to suggest that breast-feeding kids until they are six is linked to high intellect and leadership qualities.
The week after that the study is going to say that boys who sit down to pee live happier lives.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.