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Tuesday, January 5th, 2010   2:36 pm | Author: Jerry | Life, Relationships |
Tags: children, punishment, smacking
according to a study by Marjorie Gunnoe, professor of Psychology at Calvin College in Michigan.
Gunnoe questioned 2600 participants for the study and found that children who are smacked before the age of six perform better at school when they are teenagers. They are also more likely to do voluntary work and to want to go to college 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.
Penelope Leach, a parenting expert disagrees with the findings ’No good can come from hitting a child,’ she said. “I do not buy this idea that children will learn positive behavior from being smacked. The law says adults hitting adults is wrong and children should be protected in the same way. Children are people too.”
Right on. Keep your hands off the kids.