Physical Punishment for Children: Right or Wrong?

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NFL star running back Adrian Peterson faces criminal charges for beating his 4-year-old son with a switch, leaving welts. He says the severity of injury was unintentional, but noted: "My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that's what I tried to do that day." Wednesday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas: thoughts on physical discipline of children. Some say Peterson went too far. Some say even spanking a child is wrong. What do you say?

Guests: 

Elizabeth T. Gershoff, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Lolita McDavid, medical director, Child Advocacy and Protection, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
Marjorie Gunnoe, PhD, professor of psychology, Calvin College
Michael Walker, executive director, Partnership for a Safer Cleveland

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