Health: Emotional Effects of Spanking

Latest research shows that spanking, or other forms of corporal punishment, can damage children’s brains. While kids are often punished for a lack of self-control, spanking leads them to have even less self-control than before. Over 50% of women and 75% of men are in favor of spanking, but according to science, the next generation must find an alternative to harsh corporal punishment. Spanking reduces the amount of gray matter in a child’s prefrontal cortex, which has been linked to depression, addiction, and a wide variety of mental health disorders. Significant correlations have also been observed between the amount of gray matter and a person’s IQ. Gray matter is crucial for the brain’s ability to learn self-control. Without that, children have a harder time evaluating rewards and consequences.

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