A new study claims that children who are disciplined by spanking are more likely to be abusive towards their partners in later life.
Almost 800 young adults were involved in a study which looked at whether being hit as a child resulted in more aggressive tendencies as a grown-up.
It found that hurting a child led to more aggressive behaviour and that most adults who were violent in their relationships were smacked as a child.
The study, from the University of Texas Medical Branch, asked 19 and 20-year-olds how frequently they’d been spanked, hit or slapped.
Researchers found that the 758 children who’d been disciplined with physical violence were much more likely to become aggressive with a future romantic partner.
Data from the study discovered that almost one in five (19 per cent) admitted to violence towards their lovers.
Sixty-eight per cent claimed to have encountered corporal discipline as a child.
The study’s lead author, Jeff Temple, a psychiatry professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch, said that they had to decide what they considered punishment and what they considered abuse.
Speaking to CNN, he said that they define child abuse as being hit with a strap or board, left with bruises that are apparent or going to the doctor or hospital, and that children who said they’d encountered corporal discipline were more likely to have recently engaged in dating violence.
The study discovered it wasn’t just children who’d been abused with physical violence who turned out to be nasty in later life.
Spanking as a form of discipline was enough to increase violent behaviour in adults.
The participants had been part of an ongoing scientific trial in Texas since they were mid-teens.
The tendency to become violent in adulthood was true regardless of sex, age, parental education, ethnicity or childhood abuse.
Researchers controlled these factors in their research and found that they made no difference.
Smacking a child as a form of chastisement has been banned in several nations across the globe such as France, Scotland and Sweden.
Just a couple of months ago, a man was jailed in Somerset after smacking his son’s backside which resulted in bruising.
There are strict guidelines in numerous nations relating to the use of smacking, and in the United Kingdom, it’s unlawful for a parent or carer to hit their child, except where this amounts to reasonable punishment.
But there have been loads of children that have been smacked in the past and have said that they understood the boundaries set and that they had respect for their parents and appreciated the lessons that their parents taught them in life, and haven’t gone on to beat their wives or husbands, nor suffered violent outbursts towards anyone. Snowflakes are for Christmas, not a way of life.
All children are different. Some are compliant, unassuming and mild and some are determined and self-driven. What suits one child does not fit all and some children need a firmer hand, whilst others can be reasoned with.
This isn’t about smacking for discipline, it’s about serious abuse.
I was a mother of four boys and they were extremely strong-willed children. I would smack them when they crossed the line because children need discipline, boundaries and consistency, but I also used to show my love for them by sitting them down afterwards and explaining what they’d done wrong and that I still loved them very much, and that it was my job as a mother to teach them right from wrong, otherwise if I let them get away with what they wanted to do I wouldn’t be doing my job very well as their mother.
There were many children that got smacked but didn’t raise their hands to their women, but if people believe that smacking children is bad and insights bad behaviour towards their partners, then what about television?
Our televisions show all kinds of brutality which children watch and then go on to believe that it’s okay to do because the television said so, and then, of course, there are computer games, the internet and the playground.