Breaking News
February 24, 2018 - New CSIRO technology can create clean drinking water
February 24, 2018 - Treating sleep-disordered breathing may improve prognosis of heart failure patients
February 24, 2018 - Early life exposure to green space could have beneficial effects on cognitive function
February 24, 2018 - Joint Surgery: Aspirin Equals NOAC for Post-Acute VTE Prevention
February 23, 2018 - Scientists identify new marker of arthritis in mice
February 23, 2018 - Beetroot juice supplements may benefit patients with heart failure
February 23, 2018 - New study identifies novel molecular biomarkers of preeclampsia
February 23, 2018 - Researchers discover new link between gut bacteria and obesity
February 23, 2018 - Aimmune Therapeutics’ Pivotal Phase 3 PALISADE Trial of AR101 Meets Primary Endpoint in Patients With Peanut Allergy
February 23, 2018 - Improving Glaucoma Care: Ophthalmology Times
February 23, 2018 - Preventing dementia: The promising, the disappointing and the inconclusive
February 23, 2018 - Duke researchers show how to retrain immune system of peanut-allergy mice
February 23, 2018 - Older males could live longer with light intensity exercise, study suggests
February 23, 2018 - C-sections and gut bacteria linked to childhood obesity risk
February 23, 2018 - Asthmatics have lower degree of DNA methylation in certain immune cells
February 23, 2018 - Uniforms coated with copper nanoparticles could reduce spread of hospital infections
February 23, 2018 - What Not to Do If You Have Asthma and Want to Get Pregnant
February 23, 2018 - Deep brain stimulation may be promising Alzheimer’s treatment
February 23, 2018 - AMSBIO offers new PARPtrap Assay Kit
February 23, 2018 - New study identifies mechanisms to lengthen egg viability in worms
February 23, 2018 - Interventions to improve self-concept could be critical in treating mental health patients
February 23, 2018 - Few minutes of physical activity may lower risk of death in older men, research suggests
February 23, 2018 - Modifications in HIV test enable rapid detection of Zika virus, study states
February 23, 2018 - Could Hackers Target Heart Devices?
February 23, 2018 - Kids’ Mental Health Status Not a Factor in Gun Storage
February 23, 2018 - Revellers ready for festival drug checks, study finds
February 23, 2018 - Stanford researchers explore how enzyme changes and becomes antibiotic-resistant
February 23, 2018 - Scientists decode molecular structure of healthy huntingtin protein
February 23, 2018 - Efficacy of cancer immunotherapy increased by deactivating tumor defence mechanism
February 23, 2018 - Epigenetic changes due to normal aging process linked to cancer risk
February 23, 2018 - Evaluations of Medicaid experiments by states, CMS are weak, GAO says
February 23, 2018 - Biomarkers ID’d for Anesthesia-Related Neural Damage
February 23, 2018 - Study reveals how kidney disease happens
February 23, 2018 - Iron deficiency early in life can have long-lasting consequences for the brain
February 23, 2018 - High protein diet reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease, research finds
February 23, 2018 - Research extends powerful capabilities of MRI to nanometer scale
February 23, 2018 - Scientists show that cutting-edge technique can efficiently sort nano-sized particles
February 23, 2018 - Dornier’s new laser innovation delivers confidence to glide through deflected scopes
February 23, 2018 - Neurocrine Biosciences Will File New Drug Application for Opicapone for Parkinson’s Disease Based on Existing Pivotal Clinical Trial Data
February 23, 2018 - Bariatric Surgery Enabled Stopping Diabetes Meds
February 23, 2018 - C-sections and gut bacteria increase risk of childhood obesity
February 23, 2018 - Busting myths about diet and kidney stones
February 23, 2018 - Reformulating vaccines to prevent relapse
February 23, 2018 - Prophylactic use of haloperidol does not reduce delirium burden
February 23, 2018 - Higher prevalence of kidney stones in Southern United States
February 23, 2018 - Lithotripsy has revolutionized modern kidney stone management
February 23, 2018 - Researchers describe important step toward gene therapy for patients with Sandhoff disease
February 23, 2018 - Pain Therapeutics Resubmits New Drug Application for Remoxy ER, an Abuse-Deterrent, Extended-Release Drug Candidate for the Treatment of Chronic Pain
February 23, 2018 - Combo Therapy Highly Active in Untreated RCC
February 23, 2018 - Boosting a key protein to help bones that won’t heal
February 23, 2018 - Advanced method holds promise for substantial improvements in breast cancer diagnosis
February 23, 2018 - MRI and machine learning could predict whether OCD patients will benefit from treatment
February 23, 2018 - Comparing low-fat and low-carb diets finds little difference
February 23, 2018 - FDA Alert: Clarithromycin (Biaxin): Drug Safety Communication
February 23, 2018 - Out of Limbo Into Bomb Scare
February 23, 2018 - Patients who achieve short-term weight loss before bariatric surgery have better outcomes
February 23, 2018 - Beetroot may reduce kidney failure risk after heart x-ray, research reveals
February 23, 2018 - Sleep disruptions in menopause correlated with hot flashes and depression
February 23, 2018 - Scientists discover new treatment approach to curb severe myocarditis
February 23, 2018 - ‘Click chemistry’ approach may improve disease-fighting properties of drugs
February 23, 2018 - NIGHTSEA and EMS team up to offer KEY Award in fluorescence stereo microscopy
February 23, 2018 - Calorie restriction improves intestinal-tissue regeneration after injury
February 23, 2018 - Tobacco Kills, No Matter How It’s Smoked: Study
February 23, 2018 - Q&A: Avindra Nath, MD | Medpage Today
February 23, 2018 - Adherence to sleep apnea treatment affects risk of hospital readmission
February 23, 2018 - Zika virus could be alternative for treatment of aggressive brain cancer
February 23, 2018 - Carbon monoxide enhances efficacy of antibiotic against stomach infection
February 23, 2018 - Study sheds light on biological mechanisms that drive rare pediatric neurogenetic disorders
February 23, 2018 - MSD and Ferring Pharmaceuticals Complete Largest Ever Clinical Trial in Postpartum Haemorrhage
February 23, 2018 - Portable ultrasound can help better detect fluid in the lungs of patients with end-stage kidney disease
February 23, 2018 - Postnova AF2000 system offers reliable characterization of trace metal colloid distribution in the environment
February 23, 2018 - Pioneering study may pave way for effective painkillers to treat neuropathic pain
February 23, 2018 - Research opens up new avenue to minimize risks of transplants
February 22, 2018 - Cabozantinib Active in Advanced Thyroid Cancer
February 22, 2018 - Polluted air may pollute our morality
February 22, 2018 - New data from VOYAGE 2 trial shows promising results for Janssen’s guselkumab treatment
February 22, 2018 - Bank loans signed in the hospital leave patients vulnerable
February 22, 2018 - Researchers identify new nanostructure inside sperm tails
February 22, 2018 - Catheter-based procedure increases treatment options for mitral valve disease
February 22, 2018 - Sage Therapeutics Receives FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation for SAGE-217 for the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder
Childhood Spanking Could Heighten Adult Mental Health Woes: MedlinePlus Health News

Childhood Spanking Could Heighten Adult Mental Health Woes: MedlinePlus Health News

image_pdfDownload PDFimage_print

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Adults who were spanked as kids may face heightened risk of certain mental health problems, a new study suggests.

The study found that those who were spanked were more likely to have abused drugs or attempted suicide.

And that was with other factors — including more severe physical or emotional abuse — taken into account.

The findings don’t prove that spanking, per se, led to adulthood mental health issues, said Andrew Grogan-Kaylor, one of the researchers.

But the study is far from the first to suggest spanking can have long-term consequences.

For years, numerous studies have linked spanking to negative effects on children’s mental health, as well as adults’, said Grogan-Kaylor, an associate professor of social work at the University of Michigan.

There may still be a cultural debate over the merits of spanking, he noted. But as far as research goes, there’s plenty of evidence tying spanking to negative effects.

“And there’s almost no literature suggesting spanking has positive effects,” Grogan-Kaylor added.

The findings, published in the journal Child Abuse & Neglect, are based on survey responses from over 8,300 California adults.

Overall, 55 percent said that as children, they were spanked at least a few times a year.

And those people were 37 percent more likely to say they’d ever attempted suicide, versus adults who’d never been spanked as kids. They were also one-third more likely to have abused drugs, and 23 percent more likely to drink in “moderate to heavy” amounts.

Of course, Grogan-Kaylor said, it’s difficult to weed out the effects of spanking from the rest of a person’s childhood environment.

But the link between spanking and mental health issues held up even after the researchers weighed some other factors — such as people’s education level and race.

Adults who’d suffered physical and emotional abuse as kids also had more mental health problems. But that did not explain the risk connected to spanking, the study found.

“There does seem to be a unique effect of spanking,” Grogan-Kaylor said.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has long advised against spanking, citing a range of reasons. Among them: Repeated spanking can teach children that aggression is the solution to conflicts, and may worsen any behavioral issues.

Instead, the group encourages parents to use non-physical types of discipline, such as “time-outs” or taking a privilege away for a short time.

Dr. Benjamin Siegel is a member of the AAP’s Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health.

“Many adults think, ‘I was spanked as a kid and I’m OK,’ ” said Siegel, who wasn’t involved in the study.

Plus, he noted, parents may find that when they want to stop an undesired behavior, spanking works pretty quickly.

“But from a medical and social development point of view, spanking is not good,” Siegel said.

That said, simply telling parents “don’t spank” may not suffice: Many parents may need help with putting other types of discipline into practice, according to Siegel.

It can be easier said than done for parents with their own mental health issues, and those living in poverty, for example.

“I can’t tell you how much poverty can impact a person’s parenting abilities,” Siegel said.

He said pediatricians should, and do, ask parents about their own stress levels and mental health — and refer them for help, if needed. Local communities often have resources, including programs that teach parenting skills.

“It’s not just a matter of prohibiting spanking,” Siegel said. “It’s also about improving overall parenting skills.”

Grogan-Kaylor agreed. “Positive parenting really does pay off in the long run,” he said.

SOURCES: Andrew Grogan-Kaylor, Ph.D., M.S.S.W., associate professor, social work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Benjamin Siegel, M.D., member, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, and professor, pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston; September 2017 Child Abuse & Neglect

News stories are written and provided by HealthDay and do not reflect federal policy, the views of MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Tagged with:

About author

Related Articles