Physical Punishment During Childhood

Evaluating Risk Factors: Harsh Physical Punishment As A Child

Evaluating your likely current (and near future) state of health means taking into account the risk factors — such as physical punishment during childhood — that affect you.   Our medical diagnosis tool, The Analyst™, identifies major risk factors by asking the right questions.

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In the Childhood section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about physical punishment during childhood:
Were you inappropriately physically punished / abused as a child? Do not include sexual abuse here.
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know / I deserved it and accept it
→ Mildly - an occasional smack
→ Moderately - regular light physical punishment
→ Occasional severe physical punishment/abuse
→ Severely - frequent hard physical punishment/abuse

The Diagnostic Process

Based on your response to this question, which may indicate physical punishment during childhood, harsh punishment during childhood or physical abuse during childhood, The Analyst™ will use differential diagnosis to consider possibilities such as:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Recent studies have shown that childhood abuse (particularly sexual abuse) is a strong predictor of the lifetime likelihood of developing PTSD.

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