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Spare the Child: Religious Roots of Punishment and Psychological Impact of Physical Abuse
     

Spare the Child: Religious Roots of Punishment and Psychological Impact of Physical Abuse

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by Philip J. Greven Jr.
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Greven marshalls a wealth of clinical evidence to show that beatings and spankings administered in childhood have long-lasting harmful consequences, including suppressed anger, self-hatred, recurring depressions, apathy, and stifling of compassion for oneself and others. A Rutgers history professor who teaches courses on the family, Greven maintains that the violence against children endemic in our society contributes to adults' unquestioning obedience to authority and to the oppression of women. He traces support for physical punishment to the Protestant belief that use of the rod is necessary to break the child's will; he also briefly outlines nonviolent alternatives to corporal punishment. Although this is more sociological treatise than childrearing guide, parents will benefit from this wise and liberating book. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394578606
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/06/1991
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
263

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