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.

Cross-Cultural Perspective

Cross-cultural perspective

Patterns of Violence in other Cultures

As we have discussed previously, family violence occurs in all types of American households. Violence, outside of and within the family unit, is widespread and endemic. When examining proposed etiologies of family violence in Chapter 2, we touched upon the fact that some theories of family violence indicate that social and ecological factors may play a role in the genesis and maintenance of violence. Questions then arise about the frequency and nature of family violence in other societies. Perhaps families in other societies may commonly possess risk or protective factors that increase or decrease the probability of family violence.

Different societies tend to have disparate types of family constellations (Levinson, 1989). These subtypes typically include the nuclear family ...

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