- Children who were spanked are more likely to spank their own kids, according to research
- African Americans are more likely to spank their children than other racial or ethnic groups
- Low-income, less-educated parents are also more likely to spank, according to research
- Spanking leads to negative consequences in children, says a prominent researcher
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(CNN)The indictment of NFL star Adrian Peterson on child abuse charges has led to a robust debate about whether hitting, spanking or any other form of corporal punishment is justified and effective in dealing with children.