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"Because of the pioneering work of these authors, we know that battered children become battering parents, that violent criminals were usually abused as children and that the dimensions of family violence are wider than we had ever imagined."--New York Times Book Review

"It is important to keep before us the ideal of a society in which violence has no place in families, and this book is a good reminder."--Christian Science Monitor

"It is a happily notable exception when professionals in such disciplines are masters of the art of lively writing." --Richmond Times-Dispatch

"The most complete report to date on the issue of child abuse and other expressions of family violence."--Journal of Social Welfare

About the Author

Murray A. Straus is the founder and co-director of the Family Research Laboratory, and professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He has been president of the National Council on Family Relations and two other scientific societies. He is the author or co-author of numerous books, including Beating The Devil Out Of Them: Corporal Punishment in American Children; Understanding Partner Violence: Prevalence, Causes, Consequences, and Solutions; and Stress, Culture, and Aggression. In addition he has written over two hundred articles on the sociology of the family, South Asia, and rural sociology.



Richard J. Gelles is dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania, where he holds the Joanne T. and Raymond H. Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence. He is the author of The Violent Home: A Study of Physical Aggression Between Husbands and Wives, Family Violence, and Behind Closed Doors: Violence in the American Family.
 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers (April 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412805910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412805919
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,691,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TucsonShopper on September 9, 2014
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I could do it myself. You carry a large collection of books that detail suicide (I'm sorry for this intentionally bad pun) to death. The Final Exit by Derek Humphry, Hemlock Society founder, provides assistance from making decisions about whether and when one is ready to die to many financial considerations. When it came out in 1991, it was the number one bestselling nonfiction book in America for 18 weeks and it has sold well over a million copies. In 2007, the editors and book critics of USA Today selected Final Exit as one of the 25 most memorable books of the last quarter century. The Complete Manual of Suicide written by Wataru Tsururni in 1993 sold over one million copies. The manual evaluates eleven categories of suicide methods including overdosing, hanging, jumping, and carbon monoxide poisoning in terms of pain, effort, chance for success, and final resulting appearance of the body. Wataru does not cover any of the many reasons for suicide but does pose the very important question, "Why must one live?" One of the more notorious suggestions from Dr. Philip Nitschke's The Peaceful Pill Handbook is his classic "Mexican option." Due to the high cost of travel, Mexico's high crime, and problems with drug reliabilities, Nitschke no longer recommends this. Finally, we all know of Dr. Kevorkian, whom we all hope we never get as our emergency room doctor (ha ha). He said "Dying is not a crime." 60% of the people he helped kill themselves, however, neither had fatal illnesses or complained of any pain. Many were rather just sufferers of clinical depression or hypochondria. One woman simply had a husband who told Kevorkian it would be better if she was gone (believe it or not).Read more ›
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