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Old 07-02-2012, 03:53 PM   #20
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Re: Can spanking cause mental illness

Slapping, pushing shoving I believe, yes. That's abuse. I don't think hitting a kid on the bottom with your hand (not an object) when used as a last resort can cause mental illness. How would someone even go about conducting a study like this? A parent that spanks, hits, shoves, ect. might be more likely to do other things that are probably not great moves for parenting.
That being said, I don't spank. I think it's just a little backwards when we tell our kids time and time again NOT to hit.
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