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“These essays are exemplary in conceptualization, organization, and delivery. The messages are crystal clear, the readability superb. This book stands as a model of editorial excellence. The design of the volume is unique and responds well to a clear need in the subdiscipline of family violence, which remains fraught with diversity and dissention…. This piece of work is honest and effectively illuminates the growing pains of a very young and ideologically loaded subdiscipline that is anchored by an interdisciplinary and heterogeneous collection of smart people. Current Controversies on Family Violence is a powerful addition to the family violence literature. I recommend it as required reading for family violence courses. Gelles and Loseke are to be commended for their excellent idea, their ...

Through a Psychological Lens: Personality Disorder and Spouse Assault
Through a psychological lens: Personality disorder and spouse assault
Donald G.Dutton and MarkBodnarchuk

Recognition by researchers of the importance of personality disorder (PD) as a causative factor in spouse assault has been delayed largely because PD falls outside the major paradigms created by broad spectrum theories that are currently in vogue. Dutton (1994, 1995) surveyed the main explanations, particularly feminist and sociobiological approaches, put forward to account for wife assault when the issue achieved prominence in the 1970s. Dutton (1994) pointed out that “broad spectrum” explanations like sociobiology and feminism had difficulty explaining the skewed distribution of spouse assault incidence—that is, that the majority (about 80 percent) of males are nonviolent, another 12 percent are violent once, and ...

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