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"While parents may think this form of physical punishment is a good lesson, substantial research indicates that it does way more harm than good," lead researcher Jeff Temple in a statement. "While we can't say that spanking causes later violence, it follows that if a kid learns that physical punishment is a way to solve conflict, he or she may carry that over into conflicts with later intimate partners."
The researchers noted that other components can contribute to violence in dating, such as mental health, substance abuse and availability to weapons. However, they believe physical punishment among kids should also be considered.
"Common sense and scientific research both tell us that children learn from their parents," Temple said. "Parents are a child's first look at relationships and how conflicts are handled. Corporal punishment is communicating to children that violence is an acceptable means of changing behavior."