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Being spanked as child linked to violence while dating

Posted at 7:37 AM, Dec 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-06 10:48:52-05

A new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics says people who experience some form of corporal punishment are more likely to commit violence while dating. 

Researchers surveyed more than 750 adults between 19 and 20 years old. The American Academy of Pediatricians says striking a child for any reason could lead to mental health disorders and aggression.

Boston University Associate Professor Emily Rothman, an expert in partner violence, agreed: "The experience of having someone direct aggression to you increases the likelihood that you'll fall back on aggression when in a flight or fight moment. Having been hit by the parent can elevate stress and reduces a child's coping skills, so they may lash out."