Intimate violence in families

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Sage Publications, 1985 - Family & Relationships - 160 pages
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This text is designed to provide a basic overview of the subject of family violence. Gelles and Cornell stress the need for an understanding of the operation and function of the entire family system before effective counseling and treatment can be applied. This volume examines all aspects of family violence including child and spouse abuse, sibling violence, adolescent maltreatment, parent abuse. Its focus is on physical violence with its central characteristics of malevolence and intent to harm. However, the nature of the intended harm -- physical pain and suffering -- is seen to be unique. The authors feel that physical violence must be treated separately from other acts such as verbal abuse or neglect, in order to determine both the caus

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Myths that Hinder Understanding of Family Violence
What Is Violent and Abusive?
Violence Toward Children

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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).

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