Studies show that most parents don’t want to hit their kids — and that some 90 percent do it anyway, according to a recent story in the Globe Magazine: What if spanking your kids actually works?
Dr. Murray Straus chatted about spanking Monday, June 18, at 11:30 a.m.
Straus is a professor of sociology and founder and co-director of the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire.
He is widely recognized for his research on spanking and other legal forms of corporal punishment and for efforts to reduce corporal punishment as part of primary prevention of child physical abuse.
Straus and Emily Douglas and Rose Medeiros are the co-authors of a forthcoming book "The Primordial Violence: Spanking by Parents and Its Effect on Psychological Development and Later Crime" (Psychology Press). The transcript follows.
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