This thorough exploration of the major types of family violence details the range of abusive behaviors perpetrated within family systems. Case vignettes effectively illustrate these events, and the victims' experiences and perceptions of the abuse. Chapters delineate: the reasons why various types of abuse continue to occur; how different types of violent behavior may be treated; and suggestions for prevention. In addition, the author provides definitions of terms, summaries, valuable references and additional suggested readings.



In the following chapters, various types of family violence are discussed—child, partner, elder, and sibling abuse. A theoretical framework for understanding each of these types of family violence in terms of factors associated with that specific type of abuse is presented. These factors answer the question, “Why would someone abuse another person—a child, a partner, an elderly parent, or a sibling?”

Prior to discussing factors identified in research as associated with each of these types of abuse, several theoretical perspectives from social psychology for understanding aggression in general are presented because aggression underlies each of these types of family violence (Meyer, 1996). The purpose of this chapter is to answer the questions, “Why do people behave aggressively toward each other?” and “How can we understand ...

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