Saturday 19 October 2019

Countries which ban slapping of children have lower youth violence

 

Slapping is detrimental to a child’s well-being. Stock Image
Slapping is detrimental to a child’s well-being. Stock Image
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

Countries which have a full ban on slapping children at home and at school have recorded lower rates of youth violence.

Researchers have found that where corporal punishment is prohibited, rates of physical fighting among young men and women are 69pc and 42pc lower respectively than in countries without any such bans in place.

Slapping is still considered an acceptable way of disciplining a child in many parts of the world. But a growing body of evidence suggests that it may be detrimental to a child's well-being and perpetuate a cycle of violence through successive generations.

In countries operating a partial ban, which include the UK, the USA, and Canada, the prevalence of physical violence was lower only among young women (56pc).

Irish Independent

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