Sure this image might seem comical now, but that kid is probably going
to grow up with severe mental problems later.
New research has shown
that the experience of spanking, slapping, and hitting as a kid leads to
an increased risk of mental disorders as an adult. The claims were made by researchers at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, who asked survey participants (the final sample included over 20,000 people) on how often they were "pushed, grabbed, shoved, slapped or hit by your parents or any adult living in your house" while growing up.
Those who admitted to being spanked "sometimes" or higher were defined as experiencing harsh physical punishment, and researchers found their past trauma was linked to:
The risk of major depression was 41% higher
The risk of mania was 93% higher
The risk of any mood disorder was 49% higher
The risk of any anxiety disorder was 36% higher
The risk of any alcohol abuse or dependence was 59% higher
The risk of any drug abuse or dependence was 53% higher
If that doesn't make you want to hug or at the very least watch adorable YouTube videos of kids, then do us all a favor by never procreating.