Has Spanking Received a Bad Rap?

Room for Debate:
Rae Pica with Sara Behnke, Amy McCready, Murray Straus & Marjorie Gunnoe

In the shadow of parents and teachers increasingly wrestling with unruly behavior and intractable discipline problems comes a new study that raises questions about current attitudes on spanking. Recent research compared spanked children with non-spanked and, in some important developmental areas, spanked children were better off. So now what?

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May 8, 2009
Episode Guests
Sara Ellington Behnke, author of The Must-Have Mom Manual and The Mommy Chronicles. Parenting expert Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, Inc., Murray Straus, Professor of Sociology and founder and Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire. Marjorie Gunnoe is a developmental psychologist and is best known for her 1997 publication on spanking in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.
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