Science Says That If You Spank Your Children They’re More Likely To Be Abusive When They Grow Up

  • By Asad Tipu
  • January 13, 2018
  • 2 minutes read

Science has found a strong correlation between a child that was spanked and adults who have abusive traits.

There are many people across the country that believe that parents have the right to spank their child. Their arguments are that it’s better to give the child a swift taste of consequence every time they do something wrong rather than try and educate them on the consequence because they’re too young to understand.

The University of Texas Medical Branch lead a survey where they interviewed about 800 adults, and found that most adults who behave violently were also spanked as children.

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The study’s lead author, Jeff Temple, told CNN:

“Regardless of whether someone experienced child abuse or not, spanking alone was predictive of dating violence,”

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Dr. Denise Cummins elaborated on the topic in Psychology Today.

“Parents are physically bigger and stronger than children. They also know more than children and, because their brains are fully developed, they are capable of greater self-control,

“When a parent tries to get children to behave better by hitting them, that parent is telling them that hitting people who are smaller and weaker than you is an acceptable way of getting what you want from them. Why should it surprise that parent when their children beat up smaller children at school, or grow up to be wife beaters?”

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He further stated:

“A large meta-analysis of studies on the effects of punishment found that the more physical punishment children receive, the more defiant they are toward parents and authorities, the poorer their relationships with parents, the more likely they are to report hitting a dating partner or spouse. They are also more likely to suffer mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse problems, and less likely to empathize with others or internalize norms of moral behavior.”

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