Behind Closed Doors: Violence in the American Family

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and of itself had negative consequences for the victim even if he or she was not injured, we do not know what the actual consequences were.

Despite the drawbacks and disadvantages of some of our samplings, Scales, and definitions, the facts of violence and aggression remain.The acts of violence, from hitting to threats with a lethal weapon, which parents, siblings, and spouses maintain as necessary with each other, would be considered chargeable assault if administered outside the family.

We will see this time and time again in the following chapters. Our methods therefore seem to have been effective in securing the information needed to study violence in a representative sample of American families.

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