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Intergenerational Transmission of Abuse

  • By: Jeffery D. Snarr, Amy M. Smith Slep & Richard E. Heyman
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Most people believe that most or all abusive adults must have been exposed to abuse as children. Professionals have labeled this phenomenon “the cycle of violence” or “the intergenerational transmission of violence,” and it is the most heavily researched phenomenon within ...

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