Mothers abused as children more likely spank infants

07/21/2009 | Reuters

A study in Pediatrics that included 1,265 mothers, who were mostly black, single and low-income, found those who had been abused as a child were more likely to spank their own children. Data showed 19% of the mothers said they "valued" corporal punishment as discipline and 14% admitted to spanking their infants, who were up to 11 months old. About 1 in 10 mothers who hadn't been abused said they spanked their infant.

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