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.

Psychological Maltreatment within the Family

Psychological maltreatment within the family

We all remember the childhood taunt, “Sticks and stones will break my bone, but words will never hurt me.” Researchers and clinicians are likely to strongly disagree with this sentiment, particularly when it is applied in cases of family maltreatment. In contrast to physical violence within the family, emotional or psychological abuse that is perpetrated by one family member on another has received relatively little attention, which is unfortunate given the adverse effects such abuse can have on children.

One reason for this situation may be the somewhat amorphous nature of this type of familial violence as well as the variety of labels that are used to describe it. Some authors, for example, prefer the term emotional ...

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