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“These essays are exemplary in conceptualization, organization, and delivery. The messages are crystal clear, the readability superb. This book stands as a model of editorial excellence. The design of the volume is unique and responds well to a clear need in the subdiscipline of family violence, which remains fraught with diversity and dissention…. This piece of work is honest and effectively illuminates the growing pains of a very young and ideologically loaded subdiscipline that is anchored by an interdisciplinary and heterogeneous collection of smart people. Current Controversies on Family Violence is a powerful addition to the family violence literature. I recommend it as required reading for family violence courses. Gelles and Loseke are to be commended for their excellent idea, their ...

Children Should Never, Ever, Be Spanked No Matter What the Circumstances
Children should never, ever, be spanked no matter what the circumstances
Murray A.Straus

There are many reasons why children should never be spanked or subjected to any other kind of corporal punishment. Three of the most fundamental reasons:

  • Spanking has serious harmful side effects that parents have no way of seeing, because such effects do not show up until later.
  • Spanking is no more effective than other methods of correction and control, and it is therefore unnecessary to subject children to the risk of the harmful side effects.
  • Spanking contradicts the ideal of nonviolence in the family and society

Progress is being made toward the goal of nonviolence in the family. Assaults on partners have decreased ...

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