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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


The most comprehensive research-based text on family violence – now more accessible and visually inviting than ever before

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.

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

This textbook is very thorough and easy to read. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter are also excellent.

Ms Jonelle Reynolds
School Of Family Studies, University Of Connecticut
April 4, 2016

The textbook provides expansive content, that speaks to the violence experienced by families. It covers a broad scope that is valuable to understanding Family Violence.
Dr. Ingrid Stephenson, Nyack College/Alliance Graduate School of Counseling; 2015.

Dr Ingrid Stephenson
Graduate school of counseling, Nyack College-Manhattan
June 23, 2015

Excellent content. Very thorough and offers multiple levels of information.

Dr Leslie McCullough
Social Work Dept, Washburn University
April 14, 2015

This extensively covers the history and current issues of domestic violence.

Professor Kathryn Douglas
Political and Legal Studies, Culver Stockton College
February 10, 2015

This text met my needs for a good, theory driven text on family violence for Graduate Psychology Summer 2014 course at California Lutheran University. Instructor supports and ancillary materials were also appreciated.
Thanks. Dr. Judith Balcerzak

Dr Judith Balcerzak
Graduate Psychology, California Lutheran University
September 24, 2014

Amazing book. Lots of great content...good flow from chapter to chapter ...thorough.

Professor Tanya Grant
College Of Arts Sciences, Sacred Heart University
September 5, 2013

I used this text last semester. I am changing to another book.

Dr Michallene McDaniel
School of Social Sciences, Gainesville State College
January 11, 2013

This provides the best information for this course presently. It is easy to follow for the students and the sections are adequately divided for easy class preparation.

Dr Brenda Marshall
History and Social Sciences, Troy University - Montgomery
October 10, 2012

Comprehensive coverage of topic of family violence with supporting materials.

I would like to see test and course materials made Blackboard-friendly, however.

Mr Bill Galic
Arts and Sciences, University of Alaska - Kenai Peninsula College
April 22, 2012

Comprehensive, and good ancillaries on the website.

Dr Michallene McDaniel
School of Social Sciences, Gainesville State College
April 11, 2012
Key features

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.

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