There's a quote in the article "we're not talking about a tap on the bum", and the term used to describe what causes mental health problems was "corporal punishment".
CP does not equal spanking. Spanking with the hand is correction. Beating a child with an implement is corporal punishment/physical abuse.
Why don't people use the word "beating"? Yeah, beating a kid--with or without an implement--causes psychic damage. A light spanking can be useful under the right circumstances. In fact, I know a four year old who would vastly prefer a light spanking than to be sat in a chair for a 2-minute time-out (while mommy explains what he did wrong and why.)
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