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Spare The Rode, Spoil The Child - Time To Beat Your Child
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A study found that youngsters smacked up to the age of six did better at school and were more optimistic about their lives than those never hit by their parents.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/n...finds.html
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They were also more likely to undertake voluntary work and keener to attend university, experts discovered.
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The research, conducted in the United States, is likely to anger children’s rights campaigners who have unsuccessfully fought to ban smacking in Britain.
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Currently, parents are allowed by law to mete out "reasonable chastisement'' on their children, providing smacking does not leave a mark or bruise. These limits were clarified in the 2004 Children’s Act.
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But children’s groups and MPs have argued that spanking is an outdated form of punishment that can cause long-term mental health problems.
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Marjorie Gunnoe, professor of psychology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, said her study showed there was insufficient evidence to deny parents the freedom to determine how their children should be punished.
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She said: “The claims made for not spanking children fail to hold up. They are not consistent with the data.
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“I think of spanking as a dangerous tool, but there are times when there is a job big enough for a dangerous tool. You just don’t use it for all your jobs.”
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The research questioned 179 teenagers about how often they were smacked as children and how old they were when they were last spanked.
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Their answers were then compared with information they gave about their behaviour that could have been affected by smacking. This included negative effects such as anti-social behaviour, early sexual activity, violence and depression, as well as positives such as academic success and ambitions.
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