Spanking, Relationship Violence Linked, Study Suggests

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It's a decision many parents grapple with: should you spank your kids?

A new study has found a disturbing link between children being spanked and committing violence against dating partners later in life.

Temple, along with a team of researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, has been checking in with a group of almost 800 people every year. Now that they're in their late teens and early 20s, they were asked if they've ever committed some kind of dating violence. Of those, 69 percent say they'd been spanked growing up. "Analysis showed a significant positive association between corporal punishment and physical perpetration of dating violence".

Researchers said an estimated 80 percent of children are physically punished worldwide and across cultures.

"They might see that as an OK way to resolve conflicts in their adolescent relationships or adult relationships", he said.

Despite recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics against spanking, most parents in the US approve of and have used corporal punishment as a form of child discipline.

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