- More than seven in 10 Tanzanians (72%) say parents are “never” justified in using physical force to discipline their children, an increase of 31 percentage points compared to 2017 (41%) (Figure 1).
- Approval of physical disciplining of children is fairly even across key demographic groups, though slightly stronger among poor citizens (31%) than among those with low or no lived poverty (24%-26%) (Figure 2).
- Eight in 10 citizens (81%) say physical disciplining of children is “not very frequent" or “not at all frequent” in their communities (Figure 3).
- Most Tanzanians say child abuse and neglect (83%) and out-of-school children (74%) are infrequent problems in their community (Figure 4).
- More than six in 10 citizens say resources are available in their community to help children with disability (67%), abused and neglected children (65%), and children and adults with mental or emotional problems (61%) (Figure 5).
- Seven in 10 Tanzanians (70%) say the government is doing a good job of protecting and promoting the well-being of vulnerable children, while 26% disagree (Figure 6).
A majority of Tanzanians oppose parents’ use of physical force to discipline their children, a dramatic change from five years ago, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.
Most citizens describe the use of force to discipline children as infrequent in their community.
Majorities also report that child abuse and neglect and out-of-school children are infrequent problems, and that resources are available in their community to help abused and neglected children, children with disability, and children and adults with mental or emotional problems.
Overall, a majority of citizens say their government is doing a good job of protecting and promoting the well-being of vulnerable children.