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Family Violence Across the Lifespan

Family Violence Across the Lifespan
An Introduction

Third Edition

December 2010 | 896 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Streamlined and updated throughout with state-of-the-art information, this Third Edition of the authors' bestselling book gives readers an accessible introduction to the methodology, etiology, prevalence, treatment, and prevention of family violence. Research from experts in the fields of psychology, sociology, criminology, and social welfare informs the book's broad coverage of current viewpoints and debates within the field. Organized chronologically, chapters cover child physical, sexual, and emotional abuse; abused and abusive adolescents; courtship violence and date rape; spouse abuse, battered women, and batterers; and elder abuse.

New to the Third Edition

New and expanded coverage of abused and abusive adolescents (Chapter 10 - Abused and Abusive Partners in Understudied Populations) and of marginalized groups (primarily in Chapter 10) helps students see the full range of family abuse.

An increased focus on the neurobiology of child abuse provides new research and current information.

A new two-color design featuring new photos makes the book more open and inviting.

Key Features

Chapter-opening and within-chapter case histories help readers understand the realities of family violence on an emotional level.

Boxed inserts on current controversies encourage critical thinking and lively debate.

Section Summaries divide each chapter in segments so that students can review and easily comprehend key material.

Professional interviews with experts showcase the variety of research interests, philosophies, and training typical of professionals working in the field.

End-of-chapter material includes sections focusing on social policy and practice issues as well chapter summaries, discussion questions, and research activities.


A password-protected Instructor Teaching Site includes a test bank, PowerPoint slides, web resources, discussion questions, audio and video clips, student activities, and suggested video resources.

An open-access Student Study Site includes web quizzes, e-flashcards, web resources, activities, discussion questions, case studies, audio and video links, and access to recent relevant full-text articles from SAGE's leading research journals.

About the Authors
1. History and Definitions of Family Violence
2. Research Methodology, Assessment, and Theories of Family Violence
3. Child Neglect and Child Psychological Maltreatment
4. Child Physical Abuse
5. Child Sexual Abuse
6. Abused and Abusive Adolescents
7. Dating Aggression, Sexual Assault, and Stalking: Primarily Unmarried, College-Age Individuals
8. Abused Heterosexual Partners: Primarily Women
9. Abusive Heterosexual Partners: Primarily Men
10. Abused and Abusive Partners in Understudied Populations: Cross-Cultural, Immigrant/Ethnic/Racial, Rural, Same-Sex, and Military Groups
11. Adult Intimate Partner Violence: Practice, Policy, and Prevention
12. Abuse of Elderly and Disabled Persons
Author Index
Subject Index


Instructor Teaching Site
The instructor teaching site includes the following materials:

Test Bank (Word): This Word test bank offers a diverse set of test questions and answers for each chapter of the book. Multiple choice, true/false, short answer and essay questions for every chapter will aid instructors in assessing students’ progress and understanding. 

PowerPoint Slides: Chapter-specific slide presentations offer assistance with lecture and review preparation by highlighting essential content, features, and artwork from the book.

Web Resources: These links to relevant websites direct both instructors and students to additional resources for further research on important chapter topics.

Discussion Questions: Chapter- specific questions help launch discussion by prompting students to engage with the material, and by reinforcing important content.

Audio and Video Clips: Each chapter includes links to audio and video clips, which cover important topics and are designed to supplement key points within the text.

Student Activities: These lively and stimulating ideas for use both in and out of class reinforce active learning. The activities apply to either individual or group projects.

Suggested Video Resources

Chapter Outlines

Student Study Site

Web Quizzes: Flexible self-quizzes allow students to independently assess their progress in learning course material.

E-Flashcards: This study tool reinforces student understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.

Web Resources: These links to relevant websites direct both instructors and students to additional resources for further research on important chapter topics.

Student Activities: These links direct both instructors and students to useful and current web resources, along with creative activities to extend and reinforce learning.

SAGE Journal Articles: A “Learning from SAGE Journal Articles” feature provides access to recent, relevant full-text articles from SAGE’s leading research journals. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. Also provided are discussion questions to focus and guide student interpretation.

Discussion Questions: Chapter- specific questions help launch discussion by prompting students to engage with the material, and by reinforcing important content.

Case Studies
Audio and Video Links

I used the previous edition and I like the fact that the text includes all forms of family violence. It is very comprehensive.

Professor Nancy Anderson
Social and Behavioral Sciences, Warner University
January 23, 2012

I teach an interdisciplinary course on family violence across the lifespan.This textbook meets my heeds and those of my students. The book is well written and comprehensive. It has many wonderful features icluding section summaries, multiple case histories and thought provoking discussion questions. Important points are highlighted in well designed tables and text boxes. Research findings and other forms of evidence are integrated throughout.

Dr Deborah Sopczyk
health sciences, Excelsior College
December 15, 2011

I liked the topics covered, the depth, and the inclusion of disabled & ethnic groups. I also thought the price was good!

Willow Aureala
Social Science Dept, University of Hawaii - West Hawaii
November 30, 2011

Covers family violence from birth through old age. That is what was needed for this course.

Ms Patricia Magee
Social Science Dept, Pittsburg State University
September 7, 2011

Excellent overview of family violence.

Mr Greg Koehle
Educ Human Dev Social Sci Div, Pennsylvania State University - Altoona College
September 5, 2011

This book has the information that I am looking for and is organized well.

Mrs Jessica Weiler
Psychology, Evergreen Valley College
August 30, 2011

I have used the 2nd edition in the past, practically each semester I have taught the CrJ 108 (formerly 151): Domestic Crime and Violence. The book has extensive information on all forms of family violence. The text contains a comprehensive overview of the numerous topics within the scope of 'family violence.' The depth and breadth are impressive. Conversely, I have been disappointed that no FV texts contain anything about animal abuse. However, I do supplement that with my own readings, etc. The student and instructor websites are wonderful; I am very appreciative of the resources, including the journal articles. I am going to have my students using the site quite a bit during this summer course!

Dr Sue Escobar
Criminal Justice Division, California State University - Sacramento
June 24, 2011

Updated material for course

Professor JJ Spurlin
Criminal Justice Dept, Missouri Southern State University
June 2, 2011

Ola W. Barnett

Ola W. Barnett is a Distinguished Professor Emerita of Psychology at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California.  She earned her undergraduate and doctoral degrees in Psychology at UCLA, specializing in Learning.  Her initial research centered on batterers, and she later studied battered women and dating violence.  She has coauthored two best-selling Sage books (with Alyce D. LaViolette) on why battered women stay with abusive partners.  These books provide a scientific explanation, grounded in learning theory, for understanding the obstacles battered women face in trying to break free.  She remains active in the... More About Author

Cindy L. Miller-Perrin

Robin Dale Perrin

Robin D. Perrin is currently Professor of Sociology at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. His research interests and publications are in the areas of interpersonal violence, deviance theory, the social construction of social problems, and the sociology of religion. He is the coauthor of three books: Social Deviance: Being, Behaving, and Branding (with D. Ward & T. Carter, 1991), Child Maltreatment: An Introduction (with C. Miller-Perrin, Sage, 1999; 2007), and Family Violence Across the Lifespan (with O. Barnett & C. Miller-Perrin, Sage, 1997, 2005; 2011). He is the author or coauthor of numerous articles on a variety of... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412981781