Physical abuse, punishment may affect children’s academic performance

If your child is not engaging and performing properly in classroom activities, it may be because of physical abuse and punishment that he or she goes through at home, says a study.

The research showed that children’s experience to mild, harsh physical abuse at home is related with decrease in children’s memory and thinking abilities.

Also, non-abusive forms of physical punishments were related with reduced school engagement and increased loneliness.

The stress caused due to physical punishment has been found to negatively influence brain structure, development and overall health.

The study was done on more than 650 children and their caregivers, who were tested in three areas of physical punishment such as mild physical punishment, harsh physical punishment and physical abuse.

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