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New study shows link between spanking and adult mental illness

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A new study is showing the link between spanking and adult mental illness. 

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Adults who were spanked as children are more likely to develop mental illnesses as they grow older, according to new data published in Pediatrics, the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics

The findings are based on data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related conditions, which collected information on patients over the age of 20, in 2004 and 2005. 

Mood disorders, depression, alcohol abuse and anxiety disorders were associated with adults who were spanked or physically punished as children, at a higher rate than adults who were not.

"In general, we know spanking is not good for kids or for adults," said Dr. Nadine Kaslow, Vice Chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine. "We don't want children to be afraid of us. We want them to trust us, we want them to feel loved by us."

"There is absolutely no evidence that spanking a child teaches a child anything."

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