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“Parents who believe in 'spare the rod, spoil the child' might be setting their children up to become violent toward future partners...”
Written by: Sandee LaMotte and Carina Storrs, CNN
Parents who believe in "spare the rod, spoil the child" might be setting their children up to become violent toward future partners, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Pediatrics.
"We asked 758 kids between 19 and 20 years old how often they had been spanked, slapped or struck with an object as form of punishment when they were younger," said the study's lead author, Jeff Temple, a psychiatry professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch. "Kids who said they had experienced corporal punishment were more likely to have recently committed dating violence."
This result, he said, held up even when contributing factors such as sex, age, parental education, ethnicity and childhood abuse were controlled.
"One of the advantages of our study was to control for child abuse, which we defined as being hit with a belt or board, left with bruises that were noticeable or going to the doctor or hospital," said Temple, who specializes in dating, or relationship, violence. "Regardless of whether someone experienced child abuse or not, spanking alone was predictive of dating violence."
The result was no surprise to Dr. Bob Sege, a spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatricians who specializes in the prevention of childhood violence. The academy strongly opposes striking a child for any reason, pointing to research that links corporal punishment to mental health disorders and aggression.
Great opinion piece published in Chicago Tribune
Dear Global Information Network Members,
I’m sharing an op-ed written by Dr. Paul Holinger and published in the Chicago Tribune (attached). It might be helpful to others who are considering writing op-eds based on the recent report from the US Centres for Disease Control. That report is very helpful to efforts to end the false dichotomy between ‘discipline’ and ‘abuse’. I circulated the CDC report previously, but I’m attaching here in case it’s gotten lost along the way.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has formally come out with policy asserting that physical punishment is child abuse and that it should be banned. This stance is in response to consistent data showing physical punishment to be associated with increased violence and emotional disorders.
The U.S. has no federal law prohibiting physical punishment. In addition, there are still 19 states that permit physical punishment in schools.
All this is in contrast to the international response to these data on physical punishment — 49 countries have banned physical punishment in all settings and more than 100 countries have banned it in schools.
We ask, what contributes to violence, bullying, sadism, murder? Very complicated questions. But perhaps we might consider the notion that violence, like so many things, can start early, and it can start at home.
Download PDF: Childen Learn Violence At Home
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