Current Controversies on Family Violence

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Donileen R. Loseke, Richard J. Gelles, Mary M. Cavanaugh
SAGE, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 376 pages
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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 area. 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.

 

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AS THE OLDEST CHILD, AND DAUGHTER OF AN ALZHEIMERS MOTHER, I FIND THESE STATEMENTS LACKING IN CREDIBILITY AS WELL AS TRUTH. I SIMPLY CANNOT BE THE ONLY 64 EAR OLD VICTIM IN THIS SITUATION WHO HAS HAD TO LEAVE TO SURVIVE.
I HAVE LOST ALMOST 35 POUNDS IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. MY HEALTH ISSUES HAVE WORSENED. THEN MY HUSBAND AND I ARE TOLD THIS IS THE EARLY STAGES?
NONE THE LESS, AS MPOA, POA USING THE BEST POSIBLE RESOURCES AVAILABLE INCLUDING 2 VISITS OF 4 HRS A WEEK OF PROFFESSIONALS ,TRANSPORATION TO ANY AND ALL DOCTORS VISITS, GROCERY SHOPPING, THE MALL, GETTING HER HAIR DONE ETC, ETC, WE HAVE BEEN NOTHING BUT SCREAMED AT IN UNPREDICTABLE RAGE, HAD THE POLICE CALLED ON US FOR SECURING HER CAR IN HER GARAGE WITH A LOCK BAR BECAUSE SHE HAS HAD 2 CAR ACCIDENTS IN A LITTLE OVER 2 YEARS. THE FIRST ONE TOOK OUT THE TRANSFORMER FROM A LARGE POST OFFICE. SHUTTING IT DOWN FOR HALF A DAY. THE NEXT ONE ALMOST TOOK HER INTO WAITING ROOM OF AN EYECARE CLINIC. ONLY STOPPED BY A TREE. HER DRIVERS LICENSE WAS RESINDED ON HER NEUROLOGISTS RECOMMENDATION FROM THE DMV DUE TO UNPREDICTABLE, ERRATIC, EXTREME HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. PRACTICALLY ENSURING A STROKE, HEART ATTACK. THERE IS ABUSE: YOU HAVE THE VICIMS SOMEWHAT TO VERY MISLABLED IN REALITY, AND IN ENTIRERITY. YOU NEED TO READ A LOT MORE BOOKS, HAVE HANDS ON EXPERIENCE. BOTH PROFESSIONALLY AND PRESONALLY BEFORE YOU FURTHER ATTEMPT TO BECOME " A GUIDE", TO PERCEIVE YOURSELF AS AN EXPERT. HOW SAD THAT THIS BOOK IS A PLATFORM TO FURTHER CONFUSE ALL OF THE SO CALLED EXPERTS LISTED ABOVE WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO BE INTELLECTS AND PROVIDE KNOWLEDGE TO THE COMMUNITY .
 

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Contents

Through a Psychological Lens Personality Disorder and Spouse Assault
5
Through a Feminist Lens Gender Diversity and Violence Extending the Feminist Framework
19
Through a Sociological Lens The Complexities of Family Violence
35
CONTROVERSIES IN DEFINITION AND MEASUREMENT
49
Womens Violence Toward Men Is a Serious Social Problem
55
Mens Violence Toward Women Is the Serious Social Problem
79
More Data Have Accumulated Supporting Date and Acquaintance Rape as Significant Problems for Women
97
Advocacy Research Overstates the Incidence of Date and Acquaintance Rape
117
CONTROVERSIES IN SOCIAL INTERVENTION
221
Explaining Without Pathologizing Testimony on Battering and Its Effects Sue Osthoff and Holly Maguigan
225
Battered Woman Syndrome Tool of Justice or False Hope in SelfDefense Cases?
241
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Is Appropriate and Successful
257
Is There Empirical Evidence to Support the Effectiveness of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs?
271
Overreporting and Underreporting of Child Abuse and Neglect Are Twin Problems
285
The Main Problem Is Underreporting Child Abuse and Neglect
299
Family Preservation Is the Safest Way to Protect Most Children
311

Proper Socialization Requires Powerful Love and Equally Powerful Discipline
131
Children Should Never Ever Be Spanked No Matter What the Circumstances
137
CONTROVERSIES IN CAUSE
159
Alcohol and Other Drugs Are Key Causal Agents of Violence
163
Association Is Not Causation Alcohol and Other Drugs Do Not Cause Violence
175
Elder Abuse Is Caused by the Perception of Stress Associated With Providing Care
191
Elder Abuse Is Caused by the Deviance and Dependence of Abusive Caregivers
207
Protecting Children Is More Important Than Preserving Families
329
Social Problems Social Policy and Controversies on Family Violence
341
Author Index
349
Subject Index
359
About the Editors
369
About the Contributors
371
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Donileen R. Loseke received her bachelor’s in psychology and master’s in behavioral science from California State University Dominguez Hills, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She currently is a professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida. Her books include The Battered Woman and Shelters (1992, New York Press), which won the 1994Charles Horton Cooley Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, and Thinking About Social Problems: An Introduction to Constructionist Perspectives, 2e (2003, Aldine deGruyter), and Current Controversies on Family Violence, 2nd edition, edited with Richard Gelles and Mary Cavanaugh (2005, SAGE). Numerous journal articles and book chapters report the findings of her empirical research projects that have been on a variety of topics (including evaluation research, social problems, criminal justice, social service provision, occupations, emotion, identity, and narrative), and have used a variety of data collection techniques (including field experiment, written survey, in-depth interview, ethnography, and document analysis). She has been the editor of the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography and an Advisory Editor for Social Problems. Currently she is an editorial board member of Social Psychology Quarterly, an Advisory Editor for The Sociological Quarterly, and an Associate Editor of Symbolic Interaction and Journal of Contemporary Ethnography.

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 and more than 100 articles and chapters on family violence.  His latest books are, The Book of David:  How Preserving Families Can Cost Children's Lives (Basic Books, 1996) and Intimate Violence in Families, Third Edition (Sage Publications, 1997).

Mary M. Cavanaugh, MFT, M.S. is currently a doctoral candidate in both Social Welfare and Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been involved with numerous research projects on intimate violence that have been submitted to the National Institute of Justice and the National Institute of Mental Health. She is a practitioner in the field of domestic violence facilitating batterer intervention service programs in cooperation with adult probation and parole departments and victim service agencies. She has served as a consultant and trainer on offender risk assessment and treatment services to state and local victim service agencies and youth and family service departments. Ms. Cavanaugh has recently completed a project for the U.S. Army on "The Evaluation of Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention Strategies". She also serves as a consultant to the Violence Against Women and Family Violence Research and Evaluation Program for the National Institute of Justice.

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