Is it OK to spank your kids? Study links spanking to violence

Henrietta Strickland
December 6, 2017

Oklahoma State University Professor Robert Larzelere has discovered that it's great to spank kids inasmuch as Parents influence it to clear that the discipline is "persuaded by affection and worry for their prosperity".

About 69 percent of the participants said they had experienced corporal punished as children and almost 19 percent said they had perpetrated some dating violence when they were older.

"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", said study senior author Jeff Temple in a statement. The participants were also asked to discuss any experiences with dating violence. And of those, 69% say they'd been spanked growing up.

Parents who spank their kids could make them confer all the more "dating violence" later on, as indicated by a Tuesday ponder distributed in the Journal of Pediatrics. "So they continue the behavior with their children".

The study findings back up previous research that connects spanking during childhood with physical violence down the road.

Temple and the other study authors point out that there are many other factors that can contribute to violence in dating or domestic partnerships, including cultural and societal attitudes toward women, availability of weapons, substance abuse and mental health issues.

"Corporal punishment teaches that this will take care of a problem right away-I used violence and the problem is solved", Mendez says.

"They might see that as an OK way to resolve conflicts in their adolescent relationships or their adult relationships", Dr. Temple said. Temple is one of many pediatricians fighting against the traditional American support for corporal punishment.

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