Beating The Devil Out Of Them / Edition 2

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Overview

Based on his studies of over 9,000 families, Murray A. Straus, the foremost researcher on family violence in the world, discusses the extent to which parents in the United States use corporal punishment (such as spanking and slapping) and its effects on their chil­dren. The question of whether corporal punishment is an effective method of discipline is hotly debated. Straus contends that this believed-to-be-"minor" form of physical violence is precursor to much violence that plagues our world.

Children who are spanked quickly learn that love and violence can go hand in hand. Since spanking is generally done by loving, caring parents—for the child's own good—a child can learn that hitting is "morally right." Straus describes what he has learned through two decades of research: children who are spanked are from two to six times more likely to be physically aggressive, to become juvenile delinquents, and later, as adults, to use physical violence against their spouses, to have sadomasochistic tendencies, and to suffer from depression. Straus alerts parents to these risks, and argues that spanking adversely affects not only the children who are subjected to it but society as a whole.

This groundbreaking book, now available in paperback with a substantive new introduction and new concluding chapter, is essential reading for parents as well as teachers, lawyers, and judges. Professionals in fields such as social work, child protection, delin­quency and criminology, psychology, and politics will find it of critical importance.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A comprehensive expose of the corporal punishment controversy by an eminent scholar. Straus provides the long needed scientific evidence linking corporal punishment to subsequent violence and other adult problems. This book gives major new importance and credibility to the uphill effort to end corporal punishment of chil­dren."
—Adrienne Ahlgren Haeuser, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

"Murray Straus has exposed 'the best kept secret of American child psychology': hitting kids is the dark force in family life. Just as smoking was accepted a generation ago, corporal punishment is still okay in polite society. However, like smoking, hitting emerges as a destructive anti-social act with serious costs to public health."
—James Garbarino, Cornell University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765807540
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/15/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 1,031,694
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet 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.

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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. I Spanking - The Virtuous Violence
1 The Conspiracy of Silence 3
2 Everyone Does It, But Less Now 19
3 Hitting Adolescents 35
4 Who Spanks the Most? 49
Pt. II The Price of Virtue
5 Depression and Suicide 67
6 Physical Abuse 81
7 Violence and Crime 99
8 The Fusion of Sex and Violence 121
9 Alienation and Reduced Income 137
Pt. III The Future
10 Ten Myths That Perpetuate Corporal Punishment 149
11 Social Evolution and Corporal Punishment 165
12 The Benefits of Never Spanking: New and More Definitive Evidence 193
App. A A Theoretical Model 217
App. B Samples and Measures of Corporal Punishment 227
App. C Statistical Methods and Measures 245
Notes 283
References 287
Index 305
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2001

    An excelllent book, and much needed...

    Much needed given George W. Bush's implicit support for the use of corporal punishment in public schools. This book demonstrates why it's important to Spare The Child and Spoil the Rod.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2001

    Excellent book on discipline

    This was a well researched book on discipline & would help any parent.

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