The study claims that children who are punished by spanking are more likely to turn violent towards their partners, later on in life.
The University of Texas Medical Branch surveyed nearly 800 adults to understand whether being struck as a kid can lead to a more aggressive manner in behavior as a grown up.
The study found that most adults who behave violently in relationships were struck by their parents as youngsters.
While spanking is not entirely attributable to this behavior, it does provide new light on the fact that if a kid learns that the only solution to a conflict is by way of physical violence, they are likely to carry that forward into conflicts that may occur later on in life with their partners.
Researchers for the study asked 19- and 20- year-olds how often they had been struck, slapped, or spanked only to find a strong correlation between corporal punishment and dating violence.