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NCJ Number: 136096 Find in a Library
Title: Sociological Research and Social Policy: The Case of Family Violence
Author(s): M A Straus
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: University of New Hampshire, Family Research Laboratory
Durham, NH 03824
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report explores the growth of family violence research, the relationship of family violence research and social movements, the role of values and media in research, and attitudes towards social science data.
Abstract: Evidence of the increase in family violence research is demonstrated by the expansion of journals examining these issues. Journal articles published from 1974 to 1988 represent approximately 20 percent of family violence research analyzed in "Sociological Abstracts" for that period. Public recognition and concern for issues such as child abuse and wife beating explain a growth in research while findings demonstrate a decrease in these behaviors. Social changes, including activism in the 1960's and the women's movement, sensitized the public to oppression and reinforced sociology as a source for improvements in society. Theoretical and methodological tools of sociology are applied to shape policy for social issues. Findings create conflicts for both social scientists who address the scientific legitimacy and ignore the political implications of data and for advocates of social movements who ignore the scientific aspects of the information. Though researchers could use media to change social policies through press releases and press conferences, academics are distrustful of disseminating research through media. Researchers feel they need to preserve the autonomy of inquiry and that research must be based on peer review and not opinions influenced by the media. 2 graphs and 65 references
Main Term(s): Research uses in policymaking
Index Term(s): Domestic assault; Media coverage; Sociological analyses
Note: "Sociological Forum" In Press, June 1992; Presidential Address, Eastern Sociological Society, 1991
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