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Family Violence in the United States

Family Violence in the United States
Defining, Understanding, and Combating Abuse

Second Edition
  • Denise A. Hines - George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, USA, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, USA
  • Kathleen Malley-Morrison - Boston University, USA
  • Leila B. Dutton - University of New Haven, USA

December 2012 | 600 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Rich in scholarly references and case materials, Family Violence in the United States: Defining, Understanding, and Combating Abuse, Second Edition by Denise A. Hines, Kathleen Malley-Morrison, and Leila B. Dutton is a thought-provoking book that encourages students to question assumptions, evaluate information, formulate hypotheses, and design solutions to problems of family violence in the United States. Using an ecological framework, the authors provide an informative discussion not only of the most well-recognized forms of maltreatment in families, but also of less understood and more controversial issues such as the maltreatment of male partners, of parents, and within LGBT relationships. It reviews and evaluates major efforts at intervention and prevention.

Part I. Defining and Understanding Abuse
1. Issues in the Definition of Family Violence and Abuse
Part II. Child Maltreatment
2. Child Physical Maltreatment
3. Child Sexual Maltreatment
4. Child Neglect and Psychological Maltreatment
Part III. Intimate Partner Maltreatment
5. Maltreatment of Female Partners
6. Maltreatment of Male Partners
7. Maltreatment in College Student Relationships
8. Maltreatment in Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer/Intersex Relationships
Part IV. Other Types of Famliy Maltreatment
9. Maltreatment of Older Adults and People with Disabilities
10. Maltreatment of Siblings and Parents by Children and Adolescents
Part V. Cultural Issues in Family Violence
11. Ecological Contexts of Family Violence
12. Racial/Ethnic Issues in Family Violence
13. Religious Issues on Family Violence

Helpful text with a variety of issues related to interpersonal violence. Very helpful, and updated research-based information.

Lars Eggertsen
Behavioral Sciences Dept, Utah Valley University
October 5, 2016
Key features

New to the Second Edition

  • The Second Edition includes updated research and prevalence rates.
  • This new edition acknowledges stalking as a form of violence.
  • Discussion questions at the end of every chapter provide a checkpoint for students.
  • New tables summarize prevalence rates and predictors of maltreatment.
  • Two new chapters address Maltreatment in Racial/Ethnic Minority Communities, and Courtship Abuse.

Key Features

  • Full chapters examine Maltreatment of Male Partners and Maltreatment in Gay/Lesbian Relationships in detail, as opposed to the cursory treatment often provided to these types of family violence.
  • "Hidden forms" of family violence are given extensive discussion, including the sexual abuse of female partners, maltreatment in sibling relationships, maltreatment of parents by children, and the maltreatment of people with disabilities.
  • Thought-provoking questions, peppered in Socratic style throughout the text, prompt readers to critically evaluate their own and others' notions of abuse and maltreatment.
  • Real case studies of family violence illustrate concepts being discussed and engage readers in thinking about and questioning issues in family violence.
  • Special Issue sections highlight new, and sometimes controversial, aspects of different forms of family violence.
  • Summary sections and discussion questions at the end of each chapter provide a handy wrap-up and study aid for student readers.

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