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November/December 2001Vol. 2, No. 6Beating the Devil Out of Them: Corporal Punishment in American Families and Its Effects on Children

Straus, M. A. Transaction Publishers, Somerset, NJ. 2001. 353 pp. $24.95. Paperback.

Corporal punishment and its effects on children continues to be a hotly debated topic. The author contends that this "minor" form of physical violence against children is a destructive act, akin to spousal abuse, which adversely affects the child and society as a whole. This work examines why so many parents resort to spanking, the myths that perpetuate corporal punishment, and the propagation of violence in society. The author argues that corporal punishment is never appropriate and that society needs to adopt a new approach to disciplining children.

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