International and cross-cultural research on violence against parents

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This chapter offers a critical discussion of the international and cross-cultural research on violence against parents. It begins with a brief history of the research literature into both fatal and non-fatal violence against parents. In doing so, it highlights the trajectories of both literatures, and the cultural biases and challenges therein. The chapter then critically examines the international prevalence data on fatal and non-fatal violence against parents and highlights key patterns, and differences, across geographical and cultural borders. The chapter then discusses some of the ways in which a cross-cultural approach to violence against parents can be understood, using examples to illustrate how culture might shape both the perpetration of such violence, and the individual, familial, and societal responses to it. The final section of the chapter discusses current interventions for working with violence against parents from around the world.

© 2021, The Author(s). The attached document (embargoed until 01/04/2023) is an author produced version of a chapter published in The SAGE Handbook of Domestic Violence uploaded in accordance with the publisher’s self-archiving policy. The final published version (version of record) is available online at the link. Some minor differences between this version and the final published version may remain. We suggest you refer to the final published version should you wish to cite from it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe SAGE Handbook of Domestic Violence
EditorsTodd Shackelford
PublisherSAGE Publications
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781526494863
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

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