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Author LinkStraus, Murray A.(Murray Arnold),1926-
Title LinkThe primordial violence : spanking children, psychological development, violence, and crime / Murray A. Straus, University of New Hamshire, Emily M. Douglas, Bridgewater State University, Rose Anne Medeiros, Rice University.
Edition First Edition.
Distribution New York : Routledge, 2014.
Description xxix, 425 pages :  illustrations ;  23 cm.
Type of Material Monograph
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents Contents: Prevalence and social causes of spanking -- The social and scientific context of research on spanking -- Corporal punishment in the United States -- Spanking in world perspective -- There was an old woman who lived in a shoe -- Approval of violence and spanking children -- Spanking and child behavior problems -- The boomerang effect of spanking -- Impulsive spanking, never spanking and child well-being -- The child-to-mother bond and delinquency -- Spanking and risky sex -- Spanking and human capital -- Mental ability -- College graduation -- Spanking and crime -- What explains the link between spanking and assaulting a partner? -- Assault and injury of dating partners by university students in 32 nations -- Cultural context & the relation of spanking to crime -- Spanking high risk children and adult crime -- Sexual coercion and sexual assault -- Social change and trends in spanking -- The decline in spanking -- Why everyone spanks toddlers and what to do about it -- Implications for crime and violence in society -- Obstacles to accepting the evidence -- A world without spanking.
Summary "Why do parents hit those they love? What effect does it have on children? What can be done to end this pattern? These are some of the questions explored in The Primordial Violence. Featuring longitudinal data from over 7,000 U.S. families as well as results from a 32 nation study, the book presents the latest research on the extent to which spanking is used in different cultures and the subsequent effects of its use on children and on society. Evidence that shows the relationship between spanking and the subsequent slowing of cognitive development and increase in antisocial and criminal behavior is shown. Both cross-sectional and longitudinal studies are explored in an accessible fashion. An abundance of high quality research has produced findings that are highly consistent from study to study which show that spanking is a risk factor for aggressive behavior and other social and psychological problems. Because of these findings, the authors argue for policy changes and recommend a drastic reduction in the use of spanking. Policy and practical implications are explored in most chapters. The Primordial Violence highlights: the benefits of avoiding spanking such as the development of better interpersonal skills and higher academic achievement; the link between spanking and behavioral problems and crime; and the extent to which spanking is declining and why despite the unusually high level of agreement between numerous studies which found harmful effects from spanking, most parents continue to spank." -- Publisher’s description.
Subject LinkViolence -- Psychological aspects.
LinkCorporal punishment of children.
LinkChild rearing.
LinkChild abuse.
Subject LinkChild Rearing.
Subject LinkChild abuse.
LinkChild rearing.
LinkCorporal punishment of children.
LinkViolence -- Psychological aspects.

System Number 000681109
ISBN Link9781848729520 (hardback : alk. paper)
Link1848729529 (hardback : alk. paper)
Link9781848729537 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Link1848729537 (pbk. : alk. paper)

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