Behind closed doors: Violence in the American family
by Murray A. Straus, Richard J. Gelles, and Suzanne K. Steinmetz
Anchor Books (1981)
From publisher: The marriage license as a hitting license, child abuse, sibling war--BEHIND CLOSED DOORS is the unprecedented national survey of the extent, patterns and causes of violence in the American family. Based on a severn year 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. This is a comprehensive, highly readable account of interest to both the professional and the lay person on an important topic which concerns the social well being of us all.