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Spanking, Relationship Violence Linked, Study Suggests

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Spanking children can lead to adult relationship violence when those children grow up, a new study published Tuesday in the Journal of Pediatrics suggested.

Jeff Temple, a psychiatry professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and lead author, said the study found that out of 758 study participants ages 19 and 20, those who had experienced corporal punishment were more likely to have committed dating violence, CNN reported.

"In all, 19 percent of participants reported physical dating violence perpetration and 68 percent reported experiencing corporal punishment as children," the study said. "Analysis showed a significant positive association between corporal punishment and physical perpetration of dating violence.”

"Even after controlling for sex, ethnicity, age, parental education, and child physical abuse, childhood corporal punishment was associated significantly with physical dating violence perpetration."

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

"Although mounting evidence shows the many detrimental effects of corporal punishment, many parents, much of the general public, and even some schools continue thinking this is an acceptable means to punish misbehavior."

Dr. Bob Sege, a spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatricians who specializes in the prevention of childhood violence, told CNN he agreed with the study's findings.

"This study confirms and extends previous research that says children who experience violence at home, even if it is couched as for their own good, end up using violence later in their lives," Sege told CNN.

"For children, their parents are the most important people in the world, and they learn from them what are social norms and how people should behave toward each other."

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