General Article Research shows smacking makes children more aggressive and at risk of mental health problems

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Raymond Arthur, Northumbria University, Newcastle

It might be seen by some as one of the ultimate parenting taboos – to admit that you smack your child. Yet research from the Children’s Society reveals just 14% of adults think slapping children is unacceptable. It’s clear then that a lot of parents still see the odd smack as an acceptable form of punishment – for when all

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