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Filed under: General — Downunder @ 11:43 pm Sat 7th October 2006

Smacking children not so harmful – study

Smacking children does not necessarily make them more likely to become aggressive and antisocial, new local research shows.

Research by the Dunedin multidisciplinary health and development study shows children who are smacked lightly with an open hand on the bottom, hand or leg do much the same in later life as those who are not smacked, The New Zealand Herald reported today.

from stuff.

We must take all the steps we can to foster healthy, positive relationships within our families. This includes ending our tradition of smacking our children. Section 59 must be repealed,” says the Chief Commissioner of the Families Commission, Rajen Prasad.

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  1. Well, it did hurt …. a bit. It is predictable that in the not too distant future when PC is not PC anymore, researcher will be “brave” enough too confirm what most of us and generations upon generations before us have known that light “punishment” as mentioned given in love and not out of anger is actually beneficial to the child and society in the long run and children who have enjoyed this kind of discipline are LESS likely to become involved in criminal activity. Cheers one and all…

    Comment by layo — Sun 8th October 2006 @ 7:03 am

  2. Its really a short sharp correction for silly Sue.

    Now it will be interesting to see how the spin doctors attempt to discredit this. Listen for Sad Sues response.

    This longitudinal study has also called into question the approach being taken to Family Violence.

    Regardless, there is no need to remove section 59 at all.

    If you are limited to a light smack as a defence under section 59 within 10 years you will have no defence.

    Remove your parental rights and responsibilities bit by bit. Spend huge sums on Social Marketing Programmes (AKA propaganda) to change behaviour.

    Before long you wont have to worry about parenting, the State will tell you what parenting that will be. For some that is already the case.

    UF- Your party needs to decide where it stands because a rapidly growing number of parents are becomming convinced words are fine but actions show Peter Dunne is happy to ignore the plight of parents and children by his action as a Minister .



    Comment by Scrap_The_CSA — Sun 8th October 2006 @ 2:51 pm

  3. Pink floyd: “give em a short sharp shock and they won’t do it again”.And maybe a light tap on the dome with a chair for those pc idiots;t.i.d.

    Comment by keith — Sun 8th October 2006 @ 4:55 pm

  4. From Stuff – New Zealand is paying attention.

    Today’s 10 most emailed stories:
    Monday, 09 October 2006
    1. Smacking children not so harmful – study

    Comment by Bevan Berg — Sun 8th October 2006 @ 11:09 pm

  5. Does the study ACTUALLY say that smacking not harmful?

    It’s beyond me why so many parents are up and arms and desperate to protect their ‘right’ to hit their children.

    While smacking is NOT NECESSARY for disciple it is gratuitous.

    I’ve never had to smack my son to instill disciple – while years later he tends to be as polite and respectful as any decent person could be expected.

    If it isn’t necessary – why do it?

    Comment by Kai — Mon 20th November 2006 @ 4:58 pm

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