'Children who experience violence are likely to have aggressive behavior'

The birth to twenty plus study conducted by the Department of Science and Technology and national research centre of excellence in human development at Wits University showed that 99% of children have witnessed violence or have been victims of violence.

Professor Shanaaz Mathews speaks to Azania Mosaka to give more details into the study.

People say we have a right to beat our child forgetting the impact that it will have on the child. A child cannot distinguish what is discipline and what is meant to be hurting them.

Professor Shanaaz Mathews, Director of the Children's Institute at the University of Cape Town

If you physically punish a child; they are not able to deal with the actual impact that it has on them. And it does have an impact on how the child develops.

Professor Shanaaz Mathews, Director of the Children's Institute at the University of Cape Town

It is about learned behaviour. What we do find in this study is that children who have been experiencing harsh physical punishment are more likely to have aggressive behaviour.

Professor Shanaaz Mathews, Director of the Children's Institute at the University of Cape Town

Listen to what was the most important part of this study.


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