Differentiating Evidence from Advocacy in Evaluating Sweden ’ s Spanking Ban : A Response to Joan Durrant ’ s Critique of my Booklet “ Sweden ’ s Smacking Ban : More Harm Than Good ”

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Policy-makers need objective, unbiased evidence about how spanking bans have affected children’s welfare. Toward that end, this paper replies to Dr. Durrant’s criticisms of my booklet comparing our respective published evaluations of Sweden’s 1979 spanking ban. Dr. Durrant’s data sources indicate an increase in physical child abuse and of criminal assaults… (More)

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