The researchers found that people who are spanked when they were children were more likely to experience mental health problems like adults. It may cause a person to feel frustrated and even try to commit suicide.
Adverse childhood experience:
By definition, spanking is the act of using physical force to exert pain rather than injury on the child to control or correct behavior. It is not classified as an adverse childhood experience (ACE), which includes neglect, family dysfunction and imprisoned relatives, but it is a common form of discipline.
In fact, spanking is legal in the North. Even though more and more literature supports its potentially harmful effects on adult health outcomes, it has also led to its ban in 51 regions and countries around the world.
A new study found that people who are spanked when they were children can experience severe mental health problems in adulthood. Therefore, this raises the question of whether spanking should be classified as ACE.
To collect the results of their study, the researchers used data from the CDC-KaiserACE study, which involved 8,300 participants in the age group. Participants completed self-reports, asking whether they often spanked in the first 18 years of life, their family background, and whether adults would impose some form of physical abuse on them, such as pushing, slapping and pushing or Emotional abuse such as insults and curses.
Among the participants, 55% reported that they are spanked when they were children, and men had more fart experiences in childhood than women. More importantly, minority participants are more likely to experience childhood spanking than white participants.
The results showed that there was an association between child spanking and increased likelihood of mental health problems such as depression, street drug use, and at least moderate. Heavy drinking and attempted suicide.
Prevent physical abuse:
As a result, the researchers believe that spanking is similar to physical and emotional abuse in experience and must be regarded as ACE because it is related to serious mental health problems. In addition, previous reports have also shown that spanking can lead to physical abuse of children Increase in risk.
Therefore, the researchers found that the results of their research revealed its importance. Prevent child abuse and harmful parenting even before it happens. This can be achieved by supporting evidence-based programs that will highlight the importance of preventing early life from reversing the wisdom of the lottery and promote active parenting by educating parents.
“Prevention should be an important direction for public health initiatives,” said co-author of the study, Shauna Lee of the University of Michigan.