Spanking kids can cause long-term harm: Canada study

Toronto (Reuters) - Pressing a child can destroy the long-term development, and can shorten the child's IQ, according to new analysis from Canada, where improperly attempted to shift the debate on corporal punishment in the field of Medicine .

The study, published this week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, reached the conclusion after examining 20 years of published research on the subject. The authors say the finding treatments are overlooked, and overshadowed by concerns that parents should have the right to decide how to discipline their children.

While spanking is certainly not as wide as 20 years ago, many still cling to practice and see how to beat the restrictions prohibiting the rights of parents.

This view highlights the difficulty of changing hearts and minds on the issue, although a large amount of evidence showing the accumulation of damage penalties can have a child, said Joan Durant, professor at the University of Manitoba and co-author of the study.

"We passed the point of calling this one. Debate is the word used and do not know why, because this study is really no controversy, "she said in an interview.

"If we have a level of change in the results in other areas of health, acting it. We will do everything possible to work on the subject. "

Durant and fellow author of Ron Ensom Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, citing studies showing that physical punishment makes children more aggressive and antisocial, and can cause providers -consciousness and development difficulties.

Recent research has shown that it reduced the brain brain in areas related to intelligence tests.

"What people have to realize that physical punishment is not only predict the continuing attacks, but also predict the level of internalizing problems, such as depression and substance use," says Durant.

"There are no studies showing long-term positive outcomes of physical punishment."

Although banned in 32 countries, corporal punishment of children maintain at least partial social acceptance of many of the world. Talk about it usually revolves around the ethics of using violence to impose discipline.

In the study, parents Durant hope we start to examine the issue from a medical perspective.

"What we hope the doctor will remember and do more to advise parents about it and to help them understand that physical punishment does not reach them where they want to go," he said.

He also hopes that countries that allow the practice - including Canada - to see one of these child protection laws.

Canada is one of more than 190 countries ratified the UN convention on the Rights of the Child, the 1989 agreement that establishes protection for children.

Agreement - which was ratified by all UN member states except the United States, Somalia and Southern Sudan - including the part that states that the state should protect children from "all the way physical or mental. "

"If we have two or three studies showing that if you take 500 mg vitamin C daily may reduce the risk of cancer, all 500 mg vitamin C a day," Durant said.

"Here, we have more than 80 studies, I would say more than 100, showing the same thing (about punishment), but still call it controversial."

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