TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Spanking your child may have unintended consequences as he or she forges adult romantic relationships years later, a new study suggests.
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The study found that spanked kids tended to have higher odds of being violent toward their dating partners, researchers said.
“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. He’s a professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
In the study, Temple’s group interviewed 700 participants in southeast Texas in their late teens and early 20s. About 19 percent said they had committed some form of dating violence and 69 percent said they were physically punished during childhood.