Study: Depressed Dads Quicker to Spank Their Kids

Study: Depressed Dads Quicker to Spank Their Kids

POSTED: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 5:30am

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 8:04am

U.S. researchers say new fathers who are feeling blue are much more likely to spank their young children, than are dads in good spirits.

A new study found that 40 percent of depressed men said they had spanked their kids in the last month, compared to only 13 percent of men without symptoms of depression.

Researchers said the findings were concerning, given that children were only 1 year old in the study. They added that spanking is more likely to cause injuries at such a young age.

The study was conducted from data on 1,746 fathers, from a nationally representative survey across several large U.S. cities.

The study was published in the journal, Pediatrics.

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