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Is It Ever Acceptable To Hit A Child?

Is it ever acceptable to smack a child? In the latest issue of the Irish Medical Journal, Professor...
Sarah Stacey
Sarah Stacey

7:17 PM - 2 Aug 2019



The Last Word With Matt Cooper

Is It Ever Acceptable To Hit A Child?

Sarah Stacey
Sarah Stacey

7:17 PM - 2 Aug 2019

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Is it ever acceptable to smack a child?

In the latest issue of the Irish Medical Journal, Professor Alf Nicholson of Temple Street University Children's Hospital argues that smacking a child is not an effective way to alter their behaviour.

He also cites research from the United States which shows that smacking children is linked to long-term harmful effects in later life, including suicide attempts, moderate to heavy drinking and drug use.

A 'smacking ban' was introduced in Ireland in 2015, but how do parents feel about it as a way of disciplining children?

We spoke to author, journalist and mother of seven Jen Hogan, freelance journalist John Mallen and Anne Kehoe, member of the Psychological Society of Ireland.

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