Young children who are smacked ‘go on to be more successful’
Posted by keelynet on February 15, 2010
Pain teaches, I will always bless and respect my mom and grandmom for whupping our butts when we were out of control, which was often. But none of us turned out to be drunks, druggies, ciminals or failures in life…well, maybe ME…
They are also more likely to do voluntary work and to want to go to university than those who have never been physically disciplined. But the study also revealed that children who are smacked after the age of six were more likely to exhibit behavioural problems, such as being involved in fights.
Smacking is currently banned in 20 European countries, including Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. In Britain ‘reasonable chastisement’ in the home is allowed unless it leaves a mark. Professor Gunnoe questioned 2,600 people about being smacked, of whom a quarter had never been physically chastised.
The participants’ answers then were compared with their behaviour, such as academic success, optimism about the future, antisocial behaviour, violence and bouts of depression. Teenagers in the survey who had been smacked only between the ages of two and six performed best on all the positive measures.
Those who had been smacked between seven and 11 fared worse on negative behaviour but were more likely to be academically successful. Teenagers who were still smacked fared worst on all counts.” – Full Article Source
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