Family Research Laboratory

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Devoted to understanding family violence and the impact of violence in families.

A related research center, the UNH Crimes against Children Research Center is committed to combatting crimes against children by providing high quality research and statistics to the public, policy makers, law enforcement personnel, and other child welfare practitioners concerning the nature of crimes including child abduction, homicide, rape, assault, and physical and sexual abuse as well as their impact.

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    Behind closed doors: Violence in the American family

    by Murray A. Straus, Richard J. Gelles, and Suzanne K. Steinmetz
    Anchor Books (1981)

    Behind Closed Doors is the unprecedented national survey of the extent, patterns and causes of violence in the American family.

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    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.

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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)

    The work of Murray Straus indicates that spanking is a form of violence, and that such treatment not only adversely affects the children who experience it, but society as a whole.

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    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)

    The book is a collection of 23 articles, the majority of which were first presented at the 4th International Family Violence Research Conference at the University of New Hampshire.

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    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)

    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.