Violence is never the answer, and it’s definitely not a good way to teach children a lesson. A recent study developed by medical researchers from the University of Texas showed that many of those who were spanked during childhood continued a physically abusive behavior in their romantic life as well.
Spanking can make children violent even when they’re older
For this study, researchers interviewed 750 people aged 19 or 20, and questioned them on the history of the punishments they had received as children. Also, they had to tell if they had ever hit one of their partners during their relationships. From all the participants, 68 percent reported being spanked during childhood, and 19 percent of them continued the violent behavior in their dating life.
Researchers explained that they couldn’t establish that spanking children automatically makes them violent. However, they might learn that applying physical punishments is the only solution to a conflict. As a result, they might unconsciously follow the same behavior.
It is during childhood that children learn how to behave both in romantic and social relationships, and their parents are the best example they could follow. This might be quite problematic, as around 80 percent of children in the world are getting spanked whenever they don’t behave.
Fewer children are now getting spanked, but there still aren’t enough laws on that
In some countries, it’s not unusual for parents to apply physical punishments to their children. However, in others, spanking your children is banned. These countries include Greenland, Sweden, Peru, France, and New Zealand. In the US, there are some regulations regarding physical punishments in schools, or which concern more serious cases of abuse. However, nobody can stop a person from beating their children at home.
Even so, there’s still good news. Another study discovered the number of mothers who relied on spanking and physically punishing their children significantly decreased since 1988. Sometimes, it might seem like the only solution to deal with a misbehaving child, but it turns out getting spanked is way more harmful for children than we would have thought.