For long, it has been a divisive debate -- is smacking your child right? Now, a new study has claimed that chastised youngsters indeed do better in life.
An international team has carried out the study and found that young children smacked by their parents may grow up to be happier and more successful than those who have never been hit, 'The Sunday Times' reported.
They have based their findings on an analysis of detailed questioning of 179 teenagers who were asked how old they were when they were last smacked and how often they were smacked as a child.
The study found that children smacked up to the age of six were likely as teenagers to perform better at school and were more likely to carry out volunteer work and want to go to university than peers who were never physically disciplined.
Only those children who continued to be smacked into adolescence showed clear behavioural problems, it found.
Lead researcher Prof Marjorie Gunnoe of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, said that her study showed there's insufficient evidence to deny parents the freedom to choose how they discipline their children.
"The claims made for not spanking children fail to hold up. They are not consistent with the data. I think of spanking as a dangerous tool, but there are times when there is a job big enough for a dangerous tool. You just don't use it for all your jobs," Gunnoe said.