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Beyond ‘AntiSmacking’: Challenging Parental Violence and Coercion

Alderson, P; Phillips, B; (2003) Beyond ‘AntiSmacking’: Challenging Parental Violence and Coercion. Child Abuse Review , 12 (5) pp. 282-291. 10.1002/car.813. Green open access

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Abstract

The anti-smacking lobby concentrates on persuading parents not to smack, and the government to prohibit smacking by law. There is much evidence that smacking children is unnecessary and dangerous, and yet smacking continues to be widely practised and accepted in Britain. Our literature review found two underlying reasons for this contradiction: beliefs that children are pre-human becomings rather than real human beings, and support for ‘parents rights’ over children’s human rights. We suggest that the anti-smacking lobby’s important work will have limited effect until it tackles these two issues.

Type: Article
Title: Beyond ‘AntiSmacking’: Challenging Parental Violence and Coercion
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/car.813
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1002/car.813
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1536241
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