Study: Spanked children more likely to be violent with future partners

(AP Photo/Don Brinn)

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — A new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics claims kids who were spanked growing up are more likely to be violent towards their future loved ones.

The study asked young adults how often they were spanked, slapped or struck with an object as form of punishment when they were young.

“Kids who said they had experienced corporal punishment were more likely to have recently committed dating violence,” the study found.

The study’s lead author, Jeff Temple, said regardless of whether someone experienced child abuse or not, spanking alone was predictive of dating violence.

The American Academy of Pediatricians who specializes in the prevention of childhood violence agreed, pointing to research that links corporal punishment to mental health disorders and aggression.

Some remain unconvinced of the harms of spanking, including a small group of physicians and researchers who continue to argue that it is beneficial, or at least not bad for kids. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s