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Psychologists: ban smacking kids to protect mental health

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Smacking children linked to psychological problems in adulthood

"Spanking naughty children increases their risk of depression and becoming hooked on illegal drugs, a new study confirms," the Mail Online reports.

The news comes from the results of a US study that included a sample of more than 8,000 Californian adults.

Researchers asked simple questions about people's current mental health, and asked if they'd ever been smacked as a child or experienced other forms of physical or emotional abuse.

Smacking was defined as "use of physical force with the intention of causing a child to experience pain, but not injury".

In general, the researchers found people who said they'd been smacked as children were more likely to report having problems like symptoms of depression, drinking moderate or heavy amounts of alcohol, and taking drugs.

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