Science in a Minute: Spanking May Harm Brain Development in Children

April 16, 2021 10:29 AM
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Science in a Minute: Spanking May Harm Brain Development in Children
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A new Harvard-led study suggests spanking could harm the development of a child’s brain in ways similar to harm that’s caused by more severe violence. The study authors say they found a child whose family uses spanking as punishment is more likely to develop issues such as anxiety, depression, behavior problems, as well as other mental health difficulties.