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Adrian Peterson Case Sparks Spanking Debate

Posted by Sandra On September - 28 - 2014

insight-spanking-art-gqju8at3-1adrian-petersonHACKENSACK, N.J. — In study after study, as many as 8 out of 10 adults in America say that spanking is an appropriate form of discipline.?What the studies don’t show is how people define spanking and where they believe corporal punishment of children crosses a line to abuse.?Those questions have long been quietly debated, but the indictment of NFL star Adrian Peterson has raised them in a public way, even if many of those who believe in spanking find Peterson’s alleged behavior abhorrent. The story is well-known by now — the Minnesota Vikings running back has been indicted on child-abuse charges after stuffing leaves in the mouth of his 4-year-old son and beating him with a tree branch that left the boy with cuts and bruises all over his body. The incident started a conversation among opponents and defenders of corporal punishment of children by their caregivers. The issue is so uncomfortable that pediatricians, who are supposed to ask parents how they discipline and whether they spank their kids, rarely broach the topic. READ MORE HERE

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