Medicine: A Whop for the Psyche

Parents who have been confused by conflicting advice from psychologists and guidance counselors on problems of child discipline—especially spanking—got commonsensible reassurance last week from the University of Chicago's Child Psychiatrist John F. Kenward, 46, father of two. Discipline, Dr. Kenward told the American Academy of Pediatrics, is not only necessary, but it should begin at home and in infancy.

The child must learn obedience for his own good and the good of those around him. But, Dr. Kenward emphasized, this does not mean that subjugation to authority is an end in itself. Far from...

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