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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Laura Kavesh, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This 12-chapter book covers a broad range of topics — several of them with a particularly contemporary spin — related to family violence, including physical abuse, child sexual abuse, neglect, maltreatment, marital violence, courtship violence and date rape, battered women, and elder abuse.
Purpose: The authors seek to bring the national problem of family violence to mainstream, public knowledge and to summarize research findings for those already in the field. To make it easily accessible, each chapter highlights an interview with an expert in that particular area.
Audience: The book is addressed to students with an interest in family violence as well as to current researchers in the field. The format and style of the book make it more appropriate for beginning students than advanced researchers.
Features: Tables; charts; photographs of interview subjects; mid-chapter summaries, which college students might appreciate; entertaining sidebar interviews with experts; and mini-articles on current events (e.g., the O.J. Simpson case) are featured. There are also ample references, indexes, and appendixes.
Assessment: This book would be an excellent way of introducing a beginning student in the field of family violence to aspects of this topic that are likely less widely studied or even acknowledged (e.g., elder abuse, date rape) and is therefore recommended as a beginning college text, especially given its easy-read, user-friendly format. It will be less useful as a scholarly work to those already in the field.