“The primary cause of violence is deprivation of affectionate touch during infancy and childhood and/or erotic touch during adolescence and adulthood, developmental psychologist James W. Prescott concluded after decades of research into the origins of violence.
“‘I am convinced that various abnormal social and emotional behaviors resulting from what psychologists call ‘maternal-social’ deprivation … are caused by … the deprivation of body touch, contact, and movement,’ Prescott writes.
“‘Respondents who rejected abortion, responsible premarital sex, and nudity within the family were likely to approve of harsh physical punishment for children and to believe that pain helps build strong moral character,’ he wrote. ‘These respondents were likely to find alcohol and drugs more satisfying than sex.'”