James Dobson: A Place for Punishment
James C. Dobson ( 1936-) holds a Ph.D. in child development and, prior to establishing the nonprofit organization Focus on the Family, was associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. Focus on the Family employs more than one thousand three hundred people and receives up to twelve thousand calls, e-mails, and letters every day ( Gerson, 1998). His organization receives so much mail that it has its own ZIP code. Dr. Dobson's syndicated radio programs, concentrating upon patenting and related issues, are heard on many radio stations. His book Dare to Discipline ( 1970), reissued as The New Dare to Discipline ( 1992), has sold more than three million copies. In addition to the Focus on the Family magazine, his organization publishes the magazine Teachers in Focus. Dr. Dobson also has been heavily involved in governmental activities related to the family and to child-rearing. He is an outspoken critic of permissive patenting. Dobson's support and council were sought by virtually all of the 1996 Republican presidential candidates and, most recently, he has appeared on the cover of U.S. News & World Report ( May 4, 1998) where, within the article inside, his conservative power over politics is highlighted.