According to a recent research, young children who are smacked by their parents grow up to be happier and more successful than those who have never been hit.
The study discovered 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 university than those who have never been physically disciplined.
However, the study also revealed that children who are smacked after the age of six were more likely to exhibit behavioral problems, such as being involved in fights.
Marjorie Gunnoe, professor of Psychology at Calvin College in the U.S. state of Michigan, found that there was not enough evidence to prove that smacking harmed most children.
She said: ‘The claims that are made for not spanking children fail to hold up.
‘I think of spanking as a dangerous-tool, but then there are times when there is a job big enough for a dangerous tool. You don’t use it for all your jobs.’
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 behavior, such as academic success, optimism about the future, antisocial behavior, 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 behavior but were more likely to be academically successful. Teenagers who were still smacked fared worst on all counts.