The Social Causes of Family Violence: Putting the Pieces Together
Human violence--be it a slap or a shove, a knifing or a shootout--occurs more frequently within the family circle than anywhere else in our society. That was clearly illustrated in the first four chapters of this book.
In the next four chapters we attempted to explain "Why?" What elements within ourselves or our society make us most hurtful to the people to whom we are closest? Although some of the factors we had assumed were related to violence turned out not to be, we found a large number which are substantial indications of whether or not a family is violent.
Even so, our long list does not cover all the important aspects which can affect the rate of violence within a family. Broadly speaking, our concentration centered on characteristics and circumstances within the realm of social causes. That is not to say we examined all the social factors which need to be studied. Nor were our methods of measuring such factors always more than barely adequate. Additionally, we made no study of the psychological make-up of individual