Spanking linked to dating violence

Children Who Were Spanked More Likely to Be Violent Partners Study

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Jeff Temple, an associate professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch and the study's lead author, told The Cut that adults who were spanked as children tend to continue the practice with their own kids. Now that they're in their late teens and early '20s, he had a new set of question for them.

Dr. Temple says it's easy to see how that connection forms a child's mind. They also asked them if they had ever hit anyone in their dating life.

Of those surveyed, 19 percent reported committing physical dating violence, while 68% said they experienced corporal punishment as children.

This result, he said, held up even when contributing factors such as sex, age, parental education, ethnicity and childhood abuse were controlled. "Parents are a child's first look at relationships and how conflicts are handled".

Temple says it just adds to the evidence that corporal punishment has negative long-term effects - such as aggression and mental health problems - despite so many of us saying we were spanked and we're just fine.

According to the research, about 80% of children cross-culturally and worldwide are physically punished.

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