December 8, 2017

Spanking children makes them likely to grow up to be violent later life.

800 children were involved in a study, which found that being hit as a child made you more likely to have aggressive tendencies, shares Yahoo.

Most adults who are violent in their relationships have been spanked or hit by their parents.

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The study from the University of Texas Medical Branch focused on 758 volunteers aged 19 and 20, asking them about how often then were hit as children.

The researchers found that the 68% of the volunteers who were punished physically as children were much more likely to become aggressive win later life.

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Jeff Temple of the University of Texas Medical Branch said, ‘Kids who said they had experienced corporal punishment were more likely to have recently committed dating violence.’

The researcher found that children who had been spanked – as opposed to more violent punishments – were still more likely to be abusive in later life.

Spanking is often associated with aggression, antisocial behaviour, mental health problems and negative relationships with parents. Read more on that HERE.

The National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line – 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) – is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

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  • I don’t totally agree.
    When we have been smacked as child we can make a conscious decision not do do this to our own children. To smack or not to smack is a choice. And when we struggle to stand by our choice because of our past we can ask/get help (which is again a choice). Domestic violence doesn’t just “happen” to us because of our parents way of disciplining.


  • We are anti smacking and always have been anti any form of violence and aggression.


  • On occasion I have pushed a toddler’s hand away from something dangerous harder than intended while shew had her hand in the air still. Looking back she will probably think I smacked her.


  • We don’t smack our children however I was smacked as a child and have no aggression as such. Maybe it just depends on the predisposition of the child?


  • I’ve been smacked a lot as a child. I grew up with very low self-esteem and depression. I can’t stand physical violence and I’ve never smacked my child. Seeing my mother doing that to me surely taught me what I didn’t want to become.


  • Well duh. All you achieve by smacking children is teaching them how to smack. Its not an effective punishment.


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