Behind Closed Doors: Violence in the American Family

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Murray Murray Arnold Straus, Richard J. Gelles, Suzanne K. Steinmetz
Transaction Publishers, 1982 - Social Science - 301 pages
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Behind Closed Doors is grounded in the unprecedented national survey of the extent, patterns, and causes of violence in the American family. Based on a study of over 2,000 families, the authors provide landmark insights into this phenomenon of violence and what causes Americans to inflict it on their family members. The authors explore the relationship between spousal abuse and child abuse as well as abuse between siblings, violence by children against their parents, and the causes and effects of verbal abuse. Taken together, their analysis provides a vivid picture of how violence is woven into the fabric of family life and why the hallmark of family life is both love and violence. This is a comprehensive, highly readable account of interest to both the professional and the layperson on an important topic, which concerns the social well-being of us all.

  

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Contents

Violence in the Home
4
The Marriage License as a Hitting License
32
Spare the Rod?
52
Kids Will Be Kids Violence Between Brothers and Sisters
77
The Social Heredity of Family Violence
98
Who Are the Violent Americans?
124
Marital Conflict and Marital Violence
156
Violent Families Children Stress and Power
175
Toward Reducing Family Violence BandAids Ambulances and Solutions
222
NOTES
246
Sample and Interviewing
252
Measuring Violence with the Conflict Tactics Scales
254
Indexes Used to Measure Conflict Power and Stress
268
REFERENCES
274
INDEX
286
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The Social Causes of Family Violence Putting the Pieces Together
202

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