Family Research Laboratory Faculty Book-Length Publications (selected works)
The Primordial Violence: Spanking Children, Psychological Development, Violence, and Crime
by Murray A. Straus, Emily M. Douglas and Rose Anne Medeiros
Routledge (August 15, 2013)
Why do parents hit those they love? What effect does it have on children? What can be done to end this pattern? These are some of the questions explored in The Primordial Violence. Featuring longitudinal data from over 7,000 U.S. families as well as results from a 32 nation study, the book presents the latest research on the extent to which spanking is used in different cultures and the subsequent effects of its use on children and on society. Evidence that shows the relationship between spanking and the subsequent slowing of cognitive development and increase in antisocial and criminal behavior is shown. Both cross-sectional and longitudinal studies are explored in an accessible fashion. An abundance of high quality research has produced findings that are highly consistent from study to study which show that spanking is a risk factor for aggressive behavior and other social and psychological problems. Because of these findings, the authors argue for policy changes and recommend a drastic reduction in the use of spanking. Policy and practical implications are explored in most chapters.
Out of the Darkness: Contemporary Research Perspectives on Family Violence
by Glenda Kaufman Kantor and Jana L. Jasinski, editors
SAGE Publications, Inc (July 18, 1997)
This book is based on the 4th International Family Violence Research Confernece
The book is a collection of 23 articles, the majority of which were first presented at the 4thInternational Family Violence Research Conference, at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire. The research reported in this book has been conducted by some of the leading researchers in the field, from a variety of disciplines, and also represents a new generation of investigation and theoretical inquiry. The chapters included in this volume address controversial issues, include international studies, and make important contributions to theory, methodology, assessment, interventions and ethical approaches related to child abuse and wife abuse. The publication date is July 1997 by Sage Publication..
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Beating the Devil Out of Them: Corporal Punishment in American Families
by Murray A. Straus and Denise A. Donnelly
Lexington Books (December 1994)
from publisher: Spanking has long been a standard method of punishment in homes around the world. Also while there has always been some concern raises about whether or not it is an acceptable form of discipline, until now, no-one has made a scientific link between spanking and violent behaviour in adults who were spanked as children. The work of Murray Straus indicates that spanking is indeed a form of violence, and that such treatment not only adversely affects the children who experience it, but society as a whole. Straus here argues that corporal punishment is a factor in many conduct disorders, from attacks on siblings to juvenile deliquency, wife beatings and other crimes. Further, he demonstrates that putting an end to such punishment is one of the most important steps that can be taken in our quest for a less violent world.
Physical Violence in American Families: Risk Factors and Adaptations to Violence in 8,145 Families
by Murray A. Straus and Richard J. Gelles
Transaction Publishers (January 1, 1989)
The informative and controversial findings in this book are based on two path-breaking national surveys of American families. Both show that while the family may be the central locus of love and support, it is also the locus of risk for those who are physically assaulted. The book provides a wealth of information on gender differences and similarities in violence, and on the effects of gender roles and inequality.
Two landmark American studies of violence from the National Family Violence survey form the basis of this book. Both show that while the family may be the central locus of love and support, it is also the locus of risk for those who are being physically assaulted. This is particularly true for women and children, who are statistically more at risk of assault in their own homes than on the streets of any American city. Physical Violence in American Families provides a wealth of information on gender differences and similarities in violence, and on the effects of gender roles and inequality. It is essential for anyone doing empirical research or clinical assessment.
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.