Parents Still Use Spanking as Punishment, Study

Fox News 5 Dec 2011
Australian parents who smack their children are afraid to admit it because it has become socially unacceptable, even if it is still legal, according to an Australian report out Monday. Experts insist corporal punishment is counterproductive to discipline, however an investigation for The Advertiser revealed many parents smack their children, but are loath to tell anyone. And an online poll for the newspaper showed 89 percent of parents have at some time smacked their child, compared to seven percent who have never done so and four percent who said they had only done so when danger was present.