Medical professionals investigating the long-term effects of spanking have consistently found a link between corporal punishment and increased aggression in children. Such “educational” discipline correlates to higher levels of acting out in school and trouble in academic performance. It predicts vulnerability to depression, typically in girls, and antisocial tendencies usually manifest in boys.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and The American Psychological Association oppose striking a child or adolescent for any reason.
I used to attend a church, that had so many women (& men) – that were depressed, miserable, irritable etc – and I used to sit and think – wow, aren’t we as Christians, supposed to be joyful? But many of them weren’t. A lot of them struggle with depression and related issues.
This church also believes and promotes physical abuse as ‘discipline’. Having hitting babies & toddlers, and taking belts etc to older children and teenagers.
I rest my case.
A good hard spanking, is domestic violence.
Continually hitting children, is child abuse.