Examining family violence and its effects on children, this volume presents various definitions of family violence and theories for the origin of the problem. The authors: discuss different types of intrafamilial violence, and the effects of each on children and adolescents; explore family violence in non-western contexts; offer clinical and legal intervention and prevention strategies; and suggest future directions for research.

Child Witnessing of Family Violence

Child witnessing of family violence

This chapter will commence with a description of the phenomenon of spousal violence in terms of definition, prevalence, and etiology. The impact on children of witnessing spousal violence will comprise the next, and primary, section of the chapter. Spousal homicide, which we consider to be an extreme case of family violence, will then be discussed. Finally, the witnessing by children of elder abuse will be contemplated.

The Nature of Spousal Violence

Spousal violence, or the cycle involved in the battered woman syndrome, is a behavior pattern, characteristically inflicted on a female by a male, that occurs in physical, emotional, and psychological forms (Appleton, 1980; Kashani et al., 1992). Typically, spouse refers to a married person; however, in the ...

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