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Family Violence Across the Lifespan

Family Violence Across the Lifespan
An Introduction

Third Edition

February 2011 | 896 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Streamlined and updated throughout with state-of-the-art information, this Third Edition of the authors' bestselling book gives readers an accessible introduction to the methodology, etiology, prevalence, treatment, and prevention of family violence. Research from experts in the fields of psychology, sociology, criminology, and social welfare informs the book's broad coverage of current viewpoints and debates within the field. Organized chronologically, chapters cover child physical, sexual, and emotional abuse; abused and abusive adolescents; courtship violence and date rape; spouse abuse, battered women, and batterers; and elder abuse.

New to the Third Edition

New and expanded coverage of abused and abusive adolescents (Chapter 10 - Abused and Abusive Partners in Understudied Populations) and of marginalized groups (primarily in Chapter 10) helps students see the full range of family abuse.

An increased focus on the neurobiology of child abuse provides new research and current information.

A new two-color design featuring new photos makes the book more open and inviting.

Key Features

Chapter-opening and within-chapter case histories help readers understand the realities of family violence on an emotional level.

Boxed inserts on current controversies encourage critical thinking and lively debate.

Section Summaries divide each chapter in segments so that students can review and easily comprehend key material.

Professional interviews with experts showcase the variety of research interests, philosophies, and training typical of professionals working in the field.

End-of-chapter material includes sections focusing on social policy and practice issues as well chapter summaries, discussion questions, and research activities.


A password-protected Instructor Teaching Site includes a test bank, PowerPoint slides, web resources, discussion questions, audio and video clips, student activities, and suggested video resources.

An open-access Student Study Site includes web quizzes, e-flashcards, web resources, activities, discussion questions, case studies, audio and video links, and access to recent relevant full-text articles from SAGE's leading research journals.

About the Authors
1. History and Definitions of Family Violence
2. Research Methodology, Assessment, and Theories of Family Violence
3. Child Neglect and Child Psychological Maltreatment
4. Child Physical Abuse
5. Child Sexual Abuse
6. Abused and Abusive Adolescents
7. Dating Aggression, Sexual Assault, and Stalking: Primarily Unmarried, College-Age Individuals
8. Abused Heterosexual Partners: Primarily Women
9. Abusive Heterosexual Partners: Primarily Men
10. Abused and Abusive Partners in Understudied Populations: Cross-Cultural, Immigrant/Ethnic/Racial, Rural, Same-Sex, and Military Groups
11. Adult Intimate Partner Violence: Practice, Policy, and Prevention
12. Abuse of Elderly and Disabled Persons
Author Index
Subject Index


Instructor Teaching Site
The instructor teaching site includes the following materials:

Test Bank (Word): This Word test bank offers a diverse set of test questions and answers for each chapter of the book. Multiple choice, true/false, short answer and essay questions for every chapter will aid instructors in assessing students’ progress and understanding. 

PowerPoint Slides: Chapter-specific slide presentations offer assistance with lecture and review preparation by highlighting essential content, features, and artwork from the book.

Web Resources: These links to relevant websites direct both instructors and students to additional resources for further research on important chapter topics.

Discussion Questions: Chapter- specific questions help launch discussion by prompting students to engage with the material, and by reinforcing important content.

Audio and Video Clips: Each chapter includes links to audio and video clips, which cover important topics and are designed to supplement key points within the text.

Student Activities: These lively and stimulating ideas for use both in and out of class reinforce active learning. The activities apply to either individual or group projects.

Suggested Video Resources

Chapter Outlines

Student Study Site

Web Quizzes: Flexible self-quizzes allow students to independently assess their progress in learning course material.

E-Flashcards: This study tool reinforces student understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.

Web Resources: These links to relevant websites direct both instructors and students to additional resources for further research on important chapter topics.

Student Activities: These links direct both instructors and students to useful and current web resources, along with creative activities to extend and reinforce learning.

SAGE Journal Articles: A “Learning from SAGE Journal Articles” feature provides access to recent, relevant full-text articles from SAGE’s leading research journals. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. Also provided are discussion questions to focus and guide student interpretation.

Discussion Questions: Chapter- specific questions help launch discussion by prompting students to engage with the material, and by reinforcing important content.

Case Studies
Audio and Video Links

This textbook is very thorough and easy to read. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter are also excellent.

Ms Jonelle Reynolds
School Of Family Studies, University Of Connecticut
April 4, 2016

The textbook provides expansive content, that speaks to the violence experienced by families. It covers a broad scope that is valuable to understanding Family Violence.
Dr. Ingrid Stephenson, Nyack College/Alliance Graduate School of Counseling; 2015.

Dr Ingrid Stephenson
Graduate school of counseling, Nyack College-Manhattan
June 23, 2015

Excellent content. Very thorough and offers multiple levels of information.

Dr Leslie McCullough
Social Work Dept, Washburn University
August 13, 2015

This extensively covers the history and current issues of domestic violence.

Professor Kathryn Douglas
Political and Legal Studies, Culver Stockton College
February 10, 2015

This text met my needs for a good, theory driven text on family violence for Graduate Psychology Summer 2014 course at California Lutheran University. Instructor supports and ancillary materials were also appreciated.
Thanks. Dr. Judith Balcerzak

Dr Judith Balcerzak
Graduate Psychology, California Lutheran University
September 24, 2014

Amazing book. Lots of great content...good flow from chapter to chapter ...thorough.

Professor Tanya Grant
College Of Arts Sciences, Sacred Heart University
September 5, 2013

I used this text last semester. I am changing to another book.

Dr Michallene McDaniel
School of Social Sciences, Gainesville State College
January 11, 2013

This provides the best information for this course presently. It is easy to follow for the students and the sections are adequately divided for easy class preparation.

Dr Brenda Marshall
History and Social Sciences, Troy University - Montgomery
October 10, 2012

Comprehensive coverage of topic of family violence with supporting materials.

I would like to see test and course materials made Blackboard-friendly, however.

Mr Bill Galic
Arts and Sciences, University of Alaska - Kenai Peninsula College
April 22, 2012

Comprehensive, and good ancillaries on the website.

Dr Michallene McDaniel
School of Social Sciences, Gainesville State College
April 11, 2012

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ISBN: 9781412981781