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The Report on Physical Punishment in the United States: What Research Tells Us About Its Effects on Children, authored by Elizabeth T. Gershoff, PhD, brings together over 100 years of social science research and dozens of published studies on physical punishment conducted by professionals in the fields of psychology, medicine, education, social work and sociology, among other fields.

Dr. Murray Straus of the University of New Hampshire Family Research Laboratory has been studying the effects of physical punishment of children for 30 years.

Joan E. Durrant, PhD, is a Child-Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor of Family Social Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Canada. She is an internationally recognized expert on the Swedish law banning all corporal punishment of children, even in homes. Over the past decade, she has conducted extensive research on this law and has lived in Sweden for extended periods to gain a full understanding of its history, implementation and effects. The article Law Reform and Corporal Punishment in Sweden appeared in the Fall 2005 issue of the EPOCH-USA newsletter.

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