Who Are the Violent Americans?
Do social factors have a bearing on violence in the family?
Who most likely beats his wife--a man with an eighth-grade education or one who finished college? Do Catholic mothers abuse their children more than Jewish mothers? Is there apt to be more violence in a black welfare family in Georgia than in a white middle class family in Michigan?
The possibility that social factors such as race, income, education, and regional differences are related to violence in the family was often overlooked in early studies of the problem. People tended to view family violence as a rare occurrence.
When social factors were considered, most people looked on family violence as a lower class problem. There was, in fact, evidence to support the claim that domestic violence was an exclusive problem of poor people. The research on child and wife abuse carried out in the 1960s and early 1970s was based primarily on clinical cases of family violence which came almost exclusively from police or medical records. As in most instances of illegal behavior, the poor, powerless, and defenseless