Behind Closed Doors: Violence in the American Family
Murray Murray Arnold Straus, Richard J. Gelles, Suzanne K. Steinmetz
Transaction Publishers, 1982 - Social Science - 301 pages
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
The Marriage License as a Hitting License
Spare the Rod?
Kids Will Be Kids Violence Between Brothers and Sisters
The Social Heredity of Family Violence
Who Are the Violent Americans?
Marital Conflict and Marital Violence
Violent Families Children Stress and Power
The Social Causes of Family Violence Putting the Pieces Together