18 June 2013
EPOCH New Zealand recently arranged for UMR Research to place a question relating to support for the use of physical punishment of children in one of their regular umbrella surveys. The findings are reported on in a short report, “Physical Punishment of Children in New Zealand – six years after law reform”. The news is good – support for the use of physical punishment of children in New Zealand is declining. In 2008, 58% of respondents thought there were certain circumstances when it was alright for parents to use physical punishment with a child. In 2013 this support had declined to 40%. The decline was even more significant among respondents who were parents of a child or children under 18 years of age. Within this group, support for the use of physical punishment was down 27% - from 62% in 2008 to 35% in 2013.
EPOCH New Zealand believes that fewer children in New Zealand are now subject to physical punishment than they were in the past.