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Featuring cutting-edge information from the international arena, Out of the Darkness pulls together into one seminal volume the work of emerging scholars and key figures in the field. Edited by Glenda Kaufman Kantor and Jana Jasinski, this book provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary package of the newest generation of investigation and theory. Professionals and researchers in child welfare, mental health, and criminal justice fields will want to read this book to keep up with the latest controversial topics; international studies; theory, methods, assessment, and interventions; and ethical and cultural issues related to both child and partner abuse. Chapters address pressing questions such as: Is wife abuse declining? Are child homicides increasing? Does couple treatment work in violent marriages? From this volume several noteworthy findings emerge, including the wide variations in the forms, types, and consequences of abuse; the need for support and change in both victim and batterer behaviors; the overdue move toward expertise and sensitivity when dealing with affected populations; and much more. Out of the Darkness makes a contribution to the field on a par with other classics. It is a must read for advanced students, researchers, practitioners, activists, and policymakers concerned with any or all aspects of family violence.

Measuring Physical and Psychological Maltreatment of Children with the Conflict Tactics Scales
Measuring physical and psychological maltreatment of children with the conflict tactics scales
MurrayA.Straus
SherryL.Hamby

The Conflict Tactics Scales or CTS (Straus, 1979b, 1990a) is intended to measure use of nonviolent discipline (previously called reasoning), psychological aggression, and physical assault in parent-child and other family relationships. The Psychological Aggression and Physical Assault scales provide a basis for identifying psychological and physical maltreatment. The purpose of this chapter is to facilitate the use of the CTS by presenting information based on 20 years of experience and over 100 papers and articles that have used the CTS to measure child maltreatment.

Two revisions of the CTS became available in 1996. One of them, the CTS2 (Straus, Hamby, Boney-McCoy, & Sugarman, ...

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