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#1 vetCalum

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 22:11

Spanking children & mental health: Punishment linked to disorders later in life

Spanking or hitting children as a means of punishment may increase their risk of mental disorders later in life, a new study finds.
Among adults, 2 to 7 percent of cases of mental disorders — including major depression, anxiety disorder and paranoia — are attributable to physical punishment that occurred during childhood, the researchers said.


The study did not include people who experienced maltreatment as children, such as such as physical or sexual abuse, or emotional neglect.

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#2 He's Dead Jim

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 22:15

Why am I not surprised by this. :(

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 22:29

Spanking children & mental health: Punishment linked to disorders later in life

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I was spanked twice hard (once with a leather belt) as a boy (for reasons I can't remember) and both times are among the top ten things I strongly remember about my childhood under 10 or 11 years. Those were particularly traumatic events and it's sad they are so prominent in my memory. :/

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 22:33

I don't think it completely swings one way or the other. You're either simple minded and physical punishment works or you find better ways to hide/cover up your misbehavior.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 22:53

I was spanked twice hard (once with a leather belt) as a boy (for reasons I can't remember) and both times are among the top ten things I strongly remember about my childhood under 10 or 11 years. Those were particularly traumatic events and it's sad they are so prominent in my memory. :/

It is terrible that those are some of the top 10 moments you remember about that part of your childhood. It seems to back up this study :/

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 23:15

It is terrible that those are some of the top 10 moments you remember about that part of your childhood. It seems to back up this study :/


I guess so! Well, I'd definitely say that it's not good to beat children.

I think the second time my father spanked me he said something like "This hurts me more than it hurts you". That stuck in my mind. And it was confusing. But I soon afterward did think that he really believed it.

I can't remember much about the first time, except visual imagery. Anyway it is creepy that such memories rank so high in my mind. I think probably it would be better if more parents simply tried to reason with children instead of beating them.

Slapping/spanking/caning children is just another form of bullying. :no:

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 23:19

Cue the "I got spanked and I'm fine, so everyone must be fine or is sick from the get-go" trolls...

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 23:28

Oh please. :rolleyes:

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 23:34

I got spanked and I'm fine so everyone else must be sick.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 23:38

I was spanked, with a hand, as a kid. I had a bunch of issues when I was younger and I needed more of a firm hand. If a firm hand wasnt give, then I would probably be in trouble with the law today. Some people just need the extra incentive. Do I condone using anything other than a bare open hand, no.

I was also hit with a belt by adults as well. (not by family) I can tell ya, there is a BIG difference between the two. One is to get your attention, the other is to cause harm. Hell, the Jr High I went to had a paddle in the principals office with holes drilled in to it. Which is completely wrong.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 23:38

I was spanked twice hard (once with a leather belt) as a boy (for reasons I can't remember) and both times are among the top ten things I strongly remember about my childhood under 10 or 11 years. Those were particularly traumatic events and it's sad they are so prominent in my memory. :/


Just because you can "remember" these things does not directly impact your adult mental state. I was beaten with a belt, had my mouthed washed out with soap, beaten by my five siblings, yet I am not depressed, have anxiety, nor am I paranoid. I also believe, looking back, I justly deserved everything and it taught me boundaries and respect.

Seems like these data collectors love to twist all kinds of things around to make their hypothesis meet the numbers. "What? You're child just died and you are depressed? And you were spanked as a child? Therefore, being spanked = adult depression." Such b.s.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 23:39

Blame everyone else but yourself I guess...

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 23:40

Absolute nonsense by hippy new-age idiots. You try not disciplining children at all and see what happens.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 23:40

that's strange, because most people 40+ were spanked as kids, and they're pretty well adjusted, while the kids now are all diagnosed with something, and they're not spanked at all....

i think this study has things backwards

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 23:52

^^^^ Kinda agree with Buttus there. My gf doesn't believe in spankings (she was spanked as a kid too) but she's all like yeah, put the kid in timeout and if that doesn't work go see the counselor or something. Yeah, you can't get the kid to sit in timeout but you are going to get them to go with you to a shrink and sit there politely?

I don't think spankings are needed for every kid. I also believe there is a difference between punishment and abuse. I don't think certain forms or punishment will work on every kid in the world either so you have to do what works. If that is a spanking or threatening one then keep that up. It's 100% better to get a lil spanking as a kid than spanking in a jail cell from a big black guy called, BOLO or something. LOL