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Current Controversies on Family Violence - Donileen R. Loseke

Current Controversies on Family Violence

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<P>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?)&nbsp; 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?).&nbsp; Now in its <STRONG>Second Edition</STRONG>, <STRONG>Current Controversies on Family Violence</STRONG> 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.</P> <P>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. </P>

Introduction: "Understanding Controversies on Family Violence"
Controversies In Conceptualization
Introduction to Section
Family Violence: What Type of a Problem is it?
Through a Psychological Lens: "Personality Disorder and Spouse Assault"
Through a Feminist Lens: "Gender, Diversity, and Violence: Extending the Feminist Framework"
Through a Sociological Lens: "The Complexities of Family Violence"
Controversies In Definition And Measurement
Women's Violence Toward Men: A Serious Social Problem?
Women's Violence Towrad Men is a Serious Social Problem
"Men's Violence Toward Women is the Serious Social Problem"
Date and Acquaintance Rape: Exaggerated Problems?
"More Data Have Accumulated Supporting Date and Acquaintance Rape as Significant Problems"
"Advocacy Research Overstates the Incidence of Date and Acquaintance Rape"
Spanking: Necessary and Effective?
"Proper Socialization Requires Powerful Love and Equally Powerful Discipline"
"Children Should Never, Ever, Be Spanked No Matter What the Circumstances"
Controversies In Cause
Introduction to Section
Alcohol and Addictive Drugs: The Causes of Violence?
"Alcohol and Other Drugs are Key Causal Agents of Violence"
"Association is not Causation: Alcohol and Other Drugs Do Not Cause Violence"
Abused Elderly and Their Abusive Offspring: Who is Dependent?
"Elder Abuse is Caused by the Perception of Stress Associated with Providing Care"
"Elder Abuse is Caused by the Deviance and Dependence of Abusive Caregivers"
Controversies In Social Intervention
Introduction to Section
The Battered Woman's Syndrome: A Sensible Legal Defense?
The Self-Defense Claims of Battered Women
"Battered Woman's Syndrome: Tool of Justice or False Hope in Self-Defense Cases?" 14
Child Sexual Abuse Education: Good Prevention?
"Child Sexual Abuse Prevention is Appropriate and Successful"
"Problems with Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs"
Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting: Too Much or Too Little? Issue 9: Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting: Too Much or Too Little?
Overreporting and Underreporting Child Abuse and Neglect are Twin Problems
"The Main Problem is Underreporting Child Abuse and Neglect"
Family Preservation: An Important Goal in Child Abuse Intervention?
"Family Preservation is the Safest Way to Protect Most Children"
"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
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ISBN: 9780761921066
ISBN-10: 0761921060
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 13th September 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised