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Current Controversies on Family Violence

Second Edition

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Family Violence | Family Violence

September 2004 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The study of family violence is surrounded by multiple controversies. Experts in this field do not agree about what should be studied and condemned (Is spanking violence? Is women's violence toward men a major social problem? If it is, how should it be measured? What, specifically, should be condemned as date rape?) Experts also disagree about the causes of violence (Individual pathology? The structure of gender or families?), as well as about what should be done to eliminate it (Do child sexual abuse education programs or family preservation programs work?).

Now in its Second Edition, Current Controversies on Family Violence contains thoughtful--often heated--discussions that highlight the most current controversies, research, and policy directions in the family violence issue. This volume includes chapters by academic and public policy researchers, therapists, lawyers, victim advocates and educators. Some of the controversies in the first edition have been deleted while new ones have been added. Chapters in this Second Edition also are shorter and more accessible to readers who are not already experts in family violence.

This is an excellent and necessary resource for students and researchers of interpersonal violence, sociology, social work, nursing, gender studies, clinical psychology, criminal justice, and gerontology.

 
Introduction: "Understanding Controversies on Family Violence"
 
SECTION I: CONTROVERSIES IN CONCEPTUALIZATION
 
Introduction to Section
 
Issue 1: Family Violence: What Type of a Problem is it?
Donald G. Dutton and Mark Bodnarchuk
1. Through a Psychological Lens: "Personality Disorder and Spouse Assault"
Kersti A. Yllö
2. Through a Feminist Lens: "Gender, Diversity, and Violence: Extending the Feminist Framework"
Donileen R. Loseke
3. Through a Sociological Lens: "The Complexities of Family Violence"
 
SECTION II: CONTROVERSIES IN DEFINITION AND MEASUREMENT
 
Issue 2: Women's Violence Toward Men: A Serious Social Problem?
Murray A. Straus
4. Women's Violence Towrad Men is a Serious Social Problem
Donileen R. Loseke and Demie Kurz
5. "Men's Violence Toward Women is the Serious Social Problem"
 
Issue 3: Date and Acquaintance Rape: Exaggerated Problems?
Mary P. Koss and Sarah L. Cook
6. "More Data Have Accumulated Supporting Date and Acquaintance Rape as Significant Problems"
Neil Gilbert
7. "Advocacy Research Overstates the Incidence of Date and Acquaintance Rape"
 
Issue 4: Spanking: Necessary and Effective?
John Rosemond
8. "Proper Socialization Requires Powerful Love and Equally Powerful Discipline"
Murray A. Straus
9. "Children Should Never, Ever, Be Spanked No Matter What the Circumstances"
 
SECTION III: CONTROVERSIES IN CAUSE
 
Introduction to Section
 
Issue 5: Alcohol and Addictive Drugs: The Causes of Violence?
Jerry R. Flanzer
10. "Alcohol and Other Drugs are Key Causal Agents of Violence"
Richard J. Gelles and Mary M. Cavanaugh
11. "Association is not Causation: Alcohol and Other Drugs Do Not Cause Violence"
 
Issue 6: Abused Elderly and Their Abusive Offspring: Who is Dependent?
Suzanne K. Steinmetz
12. "Elder Abuse is Caused by the Perception of Stress Associated with Providing Care"
Karl Pillemer
13. "Elder Abuse is Caused by the Deviance and Dependence of Abusive Caregivers"
 
SECTION IV: CONTROVERSIES IN SOCIAL INTERVENTION
 
Introduction to Section
Sue Osthoff and Holly Maguigan
Issue 7: The Battered Woman's Syndrome: A Sensible Legal Defense?
Sue Osthoff and Holly Maguigan
14. The Self-Defense Claims of Battered Women
Donald A. Downs and James Fisher
15. "Battered Woman's Syndrome: Tool of Justice or False Hope in Self-Defense Cases?"
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Issue 8: Child Sexual Abuse Education: Good Prevention?
Carol A. Plummer
16. "Child Sexual Abuse Prevention is Appropriate and Successful"
N. Dickon Reppucci, Jeffrey J. Haugaard, Jill Antonishak
17. "Problems with Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs"
 
Issue 9: Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting: Too Much or Too Little?

Issue 9: Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting: Too Much or Too Little?
Douglas J. Besharov
18. Overreporting and Underreporting Child Abuse and Neglect are Twin Problems
David Finkelhor
19. "The Main Problem is Underreporting Child Abuse and Neglect"
 
Issue 10: Family Preservation: An Important Goal in Child Abuse Intervention?
Richard Wexler
20. "Family Preservation is the Safest Way to Protect Most Children"
Richard J. Gelles
21. "Protecting Children is More Important than Preserving Families"
 
Conclusion: "Social Problems, Social Policies, and Controversies on Family Violence"
 
Index
 
Editor's Bio's
 
Contributing Author Bios

Donileen R. Loseke

Donileen R. Loseke is a professor in the department of sociology at the University of South Florida. She received her BA and MA in psychology (California State University, Dominguez Hills) and her PhD in sociology (University of California, Santa Barbara). Her books include The Battered Woman and Shelters, which won the Charles Horton Cooley Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, and Thinking About Social Problems. She also is the editor of Current Controversies on Family Violence (with Richard Gelles) and Social Problems: Constructionist Readings (with Joel Best). Numerous journal articles and book chapters report... More About Author

Richard James Gelles

Richard J. Gelles received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire.  He is the Dean of The School of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania and holds The Joanne and Raymond Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence in the School of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is the Director of the Center for the Study of Youth Policy and Co-Director of the Center for Children’s Policy, Practice, and Research. His book, The Violent Home was the first systematic empirical investigation of family violence and continues to be highly influential.  He is the author or coauthor of 23 books... More About Author

Mary M. Cavanaugh

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