Shirah Vollmer MD

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Parenting Makes A Difference…At Least…..Do No Harm….

Posted by Dr. Vollmer on August 17, 2012

Featured in Journal Watch: Long-Term Adverse Effects of Corporal Punishment

Adults who recalled experiencing harsh physical punishment during childhood had significantly greater risk for lifetime adult mental problems, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, alcohol or drug abuse or dependence, and some personality disorders.

In Journal Watch Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Martin T. Stein writes: “Counseling parents about appropriate responses to aggressive behavior is among the most challenging work of pediatricians.” He adds that these results could encourage some parents to learn about behavior modification.

2 Responses to “Parenting Makes A Difference…At Least…..Do No Harm….”

  1. Shelly said

    What are the long-term affects of verbal reproaches on children and young adults, disapproval, or ignoring bad behavior? What about frequent loud and repeated psychological stress in the form of shouting on children? What are the effects?

    • Shirah said

      Of course, no one really knows. One however can surmise that the long term effects of verbal abuse lead to low self-esteem. Physical abuse is much more obvious in terms of its long term psychological consequences. Thanks.

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