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Spanking children can harm their brain development, according to a study.

Spanking has previously been linked to mental health problems, anxiety, depression, behavioral problems and substance use disorders.

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A new study shows that spanking children can affect their brain development. When it comes to discipline and punishment, the world seems to be a mother's oyster. There are many methods and options to choose from. There are time-outs and time-outs, picking up the electronic or picking up the assignment. The form of discipline often changes and evolves as the child grows and enters a new stage of development. However, spanking has been a controversial form of discipline for many years, with some parents seeing it as a way to teach their children respect, while others describe it as too harsh.

Research on spanking is being conducted to understand the effects of this form of discipline, and each one gives us a clearer picture of the harm it can cause. According to the Harvard Herald, a new study has found that spanking can affect a child's brain development.

The study was led by Harvard researchers and published in the journal Child Development. It built on previously conducted studies that showed increased activity in areas of children's brains when they were spanked. The areas of the brain affected were the parts in charge of making decisions and processing situations. What is really disturbing is that they have found that the effects on the brain are similar to those of more severe forms of abuse.

Katie A. McLaughlin was the lead researcher on the study and said that although spanking is already known, it goes against the idea that in humans spanking is not a form of violence. This study may change the definition of spanking from "discipline" to "violence."

Spanking has previously been linked to mental health problems, anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, and substance use disorders. This research may be alarming because nearly 50% of U.S. parents report spanking their children.


To complete the study, the participating children were put into an MRI scanner and watched a computer screen on which actors made faces, both neutral and scary. The scanner then recorded brain activity in response to the face they saw.

The children who were spanked had brains that responded more strongly to the scary faces than those who were not spanked. While their study is interesting, they pointed out that every child is different and wanted to make it clear that spanking can affect children differently and that the message to take away from this study is that spanking has risks that parents should be aware of.


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