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Physical Abuse Less Likely When Spanking Is Eliminated

June 2, 2022

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Could spanking your child lead to future physical abuse? Julie Ma, U-M Flint social work associate professor and lead author of an international study, discusses the relationship between spanking as a behavior deterrent and physical abuse. Ma notes that children are more likely to become a victim of physical abuse when spanking is used as a form of discipline, examining the reduction of physical abuse if spanking were eliminated in 56 low- and middle-income countries. The faculty expert further highlights findings from the research study.

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