A new study said when harsh, physical punishment is used on children, like spanking, they're at higher risk for depression, anxiety, substance abuse and other mental health problems.
Whether you do it all the time or just on occasion, Upstate therapist Dr. Roger Rhoades agreed it can be damaging.
"I am not surprised is what I have to say about that," Rhoades said.
He admits being spanked as a child, but feels that form of punishment needs to be phased out.
"Statistics have shown that corporal punishment up until a certain age doesn't work," he said.
The study said kids who are spanked have issues controlling their temper.
It goes on to say, "The most common side effect of spanking, though, is that spankees are more likely to hit other children."
That's why Rhoades recommended parents take other steps to discipline kids.
"I think taking things away and time out are good. It gets the message across and shows we aren't going to put up with it. The biggest message is there are consequences," he said.
The study also talked about how many countries, like Sweden, Germany, Spain and Venezuela, have banned spanking.
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