Murray A. Straus

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Murray A. Straus
Born(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.)[1]
Known forConflict Tactics Scale
Spouse(s)Dorothy Dunn Straus[1]
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of New Hampshire
Academic advisorsWilliam H. Sewell[2]

Murray A. Straus (June 18, 1926 – May 13, 2016)[3][1] was an American professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire.

Professional life[edit]

Straus was born to Samuel and Kathleen Straus in New York City on June 18, 1926.[1] Straus' research focused on families, corporal punishment, and intimate partner violence with an emphasis on cross-national comparisons.[2][3][4] He founded the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire.[5] Straus served as president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (1989-90) and the Eastern Sociological Society (1991-92).[6] He was also a founding editor of the peer-review academic journals Teaching Sociology and Journal of Family Issues.[6]

Achievements and awards[edit]

  • Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Research on Aggression - 2008[6]
  • Ernest W. Burgess Award - 1977[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Passing: Murray A. Straus". University of New Hampshire. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Ernest W. Burgess Award Presented to Murray A Straus" (PDF). Journal of Marriage and the Family. February 1978.
  3. ^ a b "IDV Member Bios". Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  4. ^ Cloud, John (26 September 2009). "Kids Who Get Spanked May Have Lower IQs". Time. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  5. ^ Ferreras, Jesse (9 March 2015). "Spanking Kids Is Falling Out Of Favour Among Parents: Data". Huffington Post. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY -- MURRAY A. STRAUS" (PDF). Retrieved 27 May 2015.