Examining family violence and its effects on children, this volume presents various definitions of family violence and theories for the origin of the problem. The authors: discuss different types of intrafamilial violence, and the effects of each on children and adolescents; explore family violence in non-western contexts; offer clinical and legal intervention and prevention strategies; and suggest future directions for research.

Caregiver Violence toward Children

Caregiver violence toward children

Caregiver violence toward children, or family violence directed toward a child, consists of a variety of child abusive acts, including hitting, kicking, and beating with an object (e.g., a belt) that may leave marks or permanent tissue damage. This problem seems to cut across socioeconomic status (SES), educational level, race, and a number of other parent and child characteristics. Violence toward children does, however, appear to peak (or at least be reported more often) when children are between the ages of 3–4 and 15–17 years (Straus, Gelles, & Steinmetz, 1980). Younger children seem to be vulnerable because of their small size and lack of coping skills (Jurich, 1990). Adolescents, on the other hand, may provoke their parents by ...

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