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“These essays are exemplary in conceptualization, organization, and delivery. The messages are crystal clear, the readability superb. This book stands as a model of editorial excellence. The design of the volume is unique and responds well to a clear need in the subdiscipline of family violence, which remains fraught with diversity and dissention…. This piece of work is honest and effectively illuminates the growing pains of a very young and ideologically loaded subdiscipline that is anchored by an interdisciplinary and heterogeneous collection of smart people. Current Controversies on Family Violence is a powerful addition to the family violence literature. I recommend it as required reading for family violence courses. Gelles and Loseke are to be commended for their excellent idea, their ...

Elder Abuse Is Caused by the Deviance and Dependence of Abusive Caregivers
Elder abuse is caused by the deviance and dependence of abusive caregivers

Why do people abuse elderly family members? As with other forms of family violence, this question is as critically important to answer as it is difficult to do so. Some of the difficulties are methodological: Obtaining information on a hidden—and, for many people, shameful—topic is a daunting task at best. The search for risk factors has also been clouded by elder abuse's 30-year history as a social problem: Early assertions, founded on faulty data (or no data at all) have been repeated so frequently that they have come to be widely believed, despite the lack of evidence. Research has yet to ...

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