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Children acted up more and were more aggressive when they had been smacked by their mothers as five year olds, whether regularly or occasionally.
Comment: What's unclear is if the children may have had behavioral and/or emotional problems at a younger age that increased their risk of being smacked.
Tecumseh Fitch, a professor of cognitive biology at the University of Vienna in Austria, used X-ray movies to film adult rhesus macaques as they smacked their lips or as they chewed food.
He said he smacked him because he had misbehaved by messing with the remote control and throwing things out of the fridge.
And Prof Pfeiffer, a top criminologist and former German Justice minister, said adults who had been smacked in childhood are more likely to demand punitive sentences for criminals - leading to jail overcrowding.
The survey also showed many believed shops could do more to help, with 51 per cent of people who saw a child smacked in a shop wanted to see it offering support for the parent, 86 per cent wanting them to introduce creches to help parents and 82 per cent wanting them to introduce toys to help parents.
Half said they would like to do something to stop a child being smacked, with most of those wanting to comfort the child (42%) and help the parent (47%).
Schwarzenegger said growing up in Austria he ``got smacked about everything,'' but when it comes to disciplining his four children he and wife Maria Shriver ``never'' resort to spanking.
In response to these behaviors, many of the day-old macaques smacked their lips after seeing a mouth opening and closing, but they didn't copy what they had seen.
Between 3 and 7 days afterbirth, macaque babies smacked their lips and stuck out their tongues just as an experimenter did, the researchers report in the September PLoS Biology.
A level student Rebecca Reid, 17, from Erdington, said although she was sometimes smacked, she didn't feel it was the right.