Parents who spank their children, called them "Dating Violence"

Parents who spank their children, called them

Dr. Jeff Temple and a team of researchers at UTMB Galveston have been checking in on a group of about 800 kids throughout the Houston area every year.

Had they ever committed some kind of dating violence? "While we can't say that spanking causes later violence, it follows that if a kid learns that physical punishment is a way to solve conflict, he/she may carry that over into conflicts with later intimate partners".

Almost 20 percent of the participants admitted they had committed physical dating violence, and 68 percent of those reported being spanked, slapped, or hit with a physical object as kids. Nineteen percent of study participants reported having acted violently in a dating situation (and that's just the reported stats). Temple is one of many pediatricians fighting against the traditional American support for corporal punishment.

"There's a tendency for adults who have been spanked to say 'I turned out just fine, ' " Temple said.

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

"Corporal punishment teaches that this will take care of a problem right away-I used violence and the problem is solved", Mendez says. "So they continue the behavior with their children". The researchers found a "significant positive association" between spanking and committing dating violence as adults, even after they controlled for things like sex, ethnicity, age, parents' education, and childhood physical abuse.

A new study suggests being spanked as a child may be linked to a person's propensity to be abusive in future romantic relationships. Still, Temple warns that spanking and other forms of corporal punishment in early childhood can lead to greater risk of violent patterns within relationships - not something any of us wants for our kids.

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