Spanking linked to dating violence

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According to CNN, the report - which was released on Tuesday and conducted by University of Texas associate professor Jeff Temple - examined 758 people between 19 and 20 years of age. Hundreds of young adults in our area were followed since childhood. "Regardless of whether someone experienced child abuse or not, spanking alone was predictive of dating violence". They asked them about their childhood experiences, physical abuse and their current experiences with dating violence. One meta-analysis of 36 studies published in the Journal of Family Psychology found that parents who said they spanked their kids were three times more likely to say their kids were aggressive later in life. Nineteen percent said yes.

"There's zero evidence that it enhances children's development, and there is a whole bunch of evidence that it has negative outcomes", Temple said of corporal punishment.

"There's a tendency for adults who have been spanked to say 'I turned out just fine, ' " Temple said.

In fact, global estimates suggest that a whopping 80 percent of children worldwide experience physical punishment - a pretty staggering figure to be sure.

"Common sense and scientific research both tell us that children learn from their parents", Temple continued.

"Corporal punishment teaches that this will take care of a problem right away-I used violence and the problem is solved", Mendez says. "Not only is this an ineffective strategy for changing behavior or resolving conflict, our study and other research show that physical punishment negatively impacts the short and long-term health and behavior of children". That's why Mendez recommends that parents use discipline that teaches children how to regulate their emotions and consider their options before they act. "We want to be healthier and happier".

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