Murray A. Straus

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Murray A. Straus
Murray Arnold Straus

(1926-06-18)June 18, 1926
New York City
DiedMay 13, 2016(2016-05-13) (aged 89)
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin
(B.A., M.S., Ph.D.)[3]
Known forConflict Tactics Scale
SpouseDorothy Dunn Straus[3]
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of New Hampshire
Academic advisorsWilliam H. Sewell[1]
Doctoral studentsDavid Finkelhor[2]

Murray Arnold Straus[4] (June 18, 1926 – May 13, 2016)[5][3] was an American professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He is best known for creating the conflict tactics scale, the "most widely used instrument in research on family violence".[6]

Professional life[edit]

Straus was born to Samuel and Kathleen Straus in New York City on June 18, 1926.[3] Straus' research focused on families, corporal punishment, and intimate partner violence with an emphasis on cross-national comparisons.[1][5][7] He founded the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire.[8] Straus served as president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (1989–90) and the Eastern Sociological Society (1991–92).[9] He was also a founding editor of the peer-review academic journals Teaching Sociology and Journal of Family Issues.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Dorothy Dunn Straus and had a son and a daughter from a previous marriage.[10]

Achievements and awards[edit]

  • Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Research on Aggression - 2008[9]
  • Ernest W. Burgess Award - 1977[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Ernest W. Burgess Award Presented to Murray A Straus" (PDF). Journal of Marriage and the Family. February 1978. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-06-19. Retrieved 2015-05-27.
  2. ^ "Dissertation Catalog: Sexually victimized children and their families (Finkelhor, David, dissertant)". University of New Hampshire Library. University of New Hampshire. Retrieved 2022-01-02.
  3. ^ a b c d "Passing: Murray A. Straus". University of New Hampshire. 17 May 2016. Archived from the original on 4 June 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  4. ^ Gelles, Richard J.; Straus, Murray Arnold (1988). Intimate Violence. ISBN 9780671617523.
  5. ^ a b "IDV Member Bios". Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  6. ^ Straus, Murray A.; Douglas, Emily M. (October 2004). "A Short Form of the Revised Conflict Tactics Scales, and Typologies for Severity and Mutuality" (PDF). Violence and Victims. 19 (5): 507–20. doi:10.1891/088667004780927800. PMID 15844722. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 23, 2015. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  7. ^ Cloud, John (26 September 2009). "Kids Who Get Spanked May Have Lower IQs". Time. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  8. ^ Ferreras, Jesse (9 March 2015). "Spanking Kids Is Falling Out Of Favour Among Parents: Data". Huffington Post. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  9. ^ a b c "BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY -- MURRAY A. STRAUS" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 June 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Sociology: Passing: Murray A. Straus | College of Liberal Arts". Archived from the original on 4 June 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2022.