The Duggars: Abusing Their Own Kids With Twisted "Pearl Method" Parenting

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Whether you're a fan of Counting On or you simply watch the Duggars from a safe distance out of morbid curiosity, you're probably aware that the family's child-rearing methods have been a frequent source of controversy.

Practices such as "blanket training" and other forms of systematic abuse have led to calls for boycotts and even demands for a full CPS investigation.

But the Duggars have refused to shy away or even issue a public apology.

And now, according to a new report from In Touch Weekly, it looks as though Jim Bob and Michelle's grown children might be practicing the same techniques that were used to quite literally whip them into shape in their own youth.

And fans are terrified that the continued practice of these methods will eventually result in tragedy ...

1. The Originators

The Originators
Jim Bob and Michelle have strict views on child-rearing and family hierarchies that were formed in part by their involvement with Bill Gothard's Institute for Basic Life Principles.

2. The Fallen Idol

The Fallen Idol
Gothard is a disgraced former minister who was drummed out his own organization after being accused of abuse and sexual assault by dozens of employees.

3. The Stubborn Ones

The Stubborn Ones
Despite the scandal, Jim Bob and Michelle have remained true to Gothard's teachings, including two beliefs that have attracted a considerable amount of criticism in recent years.

4. Full Quivers

Full Quivers
Gothard is the originator of the Quiverfull Movement, which holds that women are put on this planet for the sole purpose of birthing as many children as possible.

5. A Dangerous Proposition

A Dangerous Proposition
According to Gothard's teachings, women are to continue having children well into middle-age, regardless of threats to their health or their babies'.

6. Pearls Before Swine

Pearls Before Swine
It was also Gothard who directed Jim Bob and Michelle to the controversial teachings of self-proclaimed child-rearing experts Debi and Michael Pearl.

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When you've missed [sex] for seven days, you look forward to it even more! - Michelle Duggar

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