Child Physical Punishment

Physically punishing your children may have a lasting, negative affect.

A new study finds a link between people who were spanked or slapped as children and mental illness.

In fact, experts say, two to seven percent of mental disorders are attributable to physical punishment, including spanking, pushing, grabbing, or shoving.

The associated mental disorders include mood and anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, and personality disorders.

Researchers say replacing physical punishment with other options may help decrease the prevalence of these disorders.

Dr. Kate Eshleman of Cleveland Clinic says, "Applying positive reinforcement, so rewarding things for complying with expected behavior. That could range from a sticker chart for a young child to cell phone minutes for an older child."

Complete findings for this study are in the journal, Pediatrics.