Violence in Intimate Relationships


Edited by: Ximena Arriaga & Stuart Oskamp

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    We would like to acknowledge the assistance of many individuals and institutions who made possible this volume and the symposium upon which the current contributions are based. We are grateful for the financial contributions from Claremont Graduate University and the other Claremont Colleges in support of the Claremont Symposium on Applied Social Psychology last year. We appreciate the efforts of the CGU student assistants (Suzanne Blaisdell, Katrina Bledsoe, Todd Blickenstaff, Mary Ellen Dello-Stritto, Sam Gilstrap, Alison Stolkin, and Phelan Wyrick) and the hard work of staff members Gloria Leffer and B. J. Reich in preparing for and holding the successful conference, and the assistance of Douglas Wiegard and Chris Agnew in preparing this volume. We especially thank the authors of the chapters in this volume for their stimulating presentations and careful revisions. To all of these contributors who were essential in making the current volume possible, we express our sincere gratitude.

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    Ileana Arias, Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at the University of Georgia, received her doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. In addition to winning several teaching awards, she has been recognized by the Groves Conference on Marriage and the Family as a Marvin B. Sussman Family Scholar, and was honored in 1997 by the University of Georgia with a Creative Research Medal. Her main area of research interest and publication is spousal abuse. She is Associate Editor of Behavior Therapy and serves on the editorial boards of several leading psychology journals.

    Ximena B. Arriaga, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Claremont Graduate University, received her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been principal investigator of an NIMH-funded project to examine the development of commitment in intimate relationships, and recently received a grant to study interpersonal violence among Latinas. In addition to her research on commitment and relationship maintenance behaviors, her current interests focus on methods for studying interpersonal violence and coping strategies in abusive relationships.

    Thomas N. Bradbury is Professor of Psychology at UCLA, where he conducts longitudinal research on marriage. He received his doctorate from the University of Illinois, after completing his clinical internship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. He is the editor of The Psychology of Marriage (with Fincham, 1990) and The Developmental Course of Marital Dysfunction (1998), and also received the 1998 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contributions from the American Psychological Association.

    Jacquelyn Campbell is the Anna D. Wolf Endowed Professor and Associate Dean for Doctoral Education Programs and Research at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, with a joint appointment in the School of Hygiene and Public Health. She has been the principal investigator of several major NIH- and CDC-funded research projects on battering and has authored or coauthored more than 80 publications on the subject. For nearly 20 years, she has worked with wife abuse shelters and policy committees on domestic violence, and is currently on the Board of Directors for House of Ruth, a shelter in Baltimore; the Family Violence Prevention Fund in San Francisco; the Institute of Medicine's Board on International Health; and the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women.

    Donald G. Dutton is Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. In 1974, he began to investigate the criminal justice response to wife assault, and subsequently developed and ran a training program for police on intervention techniques for cases of domestic violence. From 1979 to the present, he has been a therapist in the Assaultive Husbands Project, a court-mandated treatment program for men convicted of wife assault, and has served as an expert witness in civil and criminal trials involving domestic abuse, including the O. J. Simpson trial. Dutton has published over 80 papers and three books, including Domestic Assault of Women, The Batterer: A Psychological Profile, and The Abusive Personality.

    Katherine Herron is a graduate student in the Clinical Science psychology program at Indiana University. She conducts research on husband violence, with a focus on coding the communication behavior of violent and nonviolent couples during marital problem discussions. She has also conducted research on parenting and the potential for child abuse among maritally violent couples.

    Amy Holtzworth-Munroe is Associate Professor of Psychology at Indiana University, where she studies the problem of husband violence. Her research has compared the social information processing skills of maritally violent and nonviolent men, examined the marital interaction behaviors of violent and nonviolent couples, and more recently, sought to identify subtypes of maritally violent men. She has worked clinically with batterers and has helped to train therapists to identify and address husband violence.

    Erika Lawrence is a PhD candidate in clinical psychology (with a minor in measurement and psychometrics) at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she is supported by an Individual National Research Service Award from NIMH. She is completing her dissertation, entitled “Understanding the Trajectories of Physical Aggression in Newlywed Marriage,” and also conducting an outcome study on the prevention of physical aggression in marriage.

    Kenneth E. Leonard is Senior Research Scientist at the Research Institute on Addictions and Director of the Division of Psychology in Psychiatry at the State University of New York at Buffalo Medical School. He is a Fellow in Division 50 of the American Psychological Association and an associate editor for the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. He has published numerous articles on alcohol and marital/family processes, and alcohol and violence.

    Sally A. Lloyd is Professor and Director of Women's Studies at Miami University in Ohio. Her scholarship and teaching is centered around the study of physical and sexual aggression in courtship and marriage. Her recent work includes Family Violence From a Communication Perspective (co-edited with D. Cahn), which received the 1996 Distinguished Book Award from the Applied Communication Section of the Speech Communication Association; and a forthcoming volume entitled The Dark Side of Courtship: Physical Violence and Sexual Exploitation (coauthored with Beth Emery).

    Jeffrey C. Meehan is a graduate student in the Indiana University Clinical Science psychology doctorate program. He is conducting research on the neuropsychological functioning of men who are violent toward their intimate female partners, including the possible influence of both impulsivity and head trauma on their violent behavior. He is also examining the relationship between husband aggression and the men's physiological reactivity during a marital conflict interaction.

    Stuart Oskamp is Professor of Psychology at Claremont Graduate University. He received his PhD from Stanford and has had numerous visiting appointments at universities in other countries. He has served as the president of the APA Division of Population and Environmental Psychology and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and as editor of the Journal of Social Issues. His main research interests are attitudes and attitude change, environmental preservation, and social issues and public policy. He has published nearly 100 articles and many books, including Attitudes and Opinions and Applied Social Psychology (both in their second editions).

    Phyllis W. Sharps is Associate Professor and Codirector of the Maternal Child Health Track in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the George Washington University. She is the principal investigator of a Department of Defense grant to study domestic abuse and pregnancy outcomes among military women, and has collaborated with Jacqueline Campbell in studying risk factors for homicide in violent intimate relationships. She is the author or coauthor of numerous articles, chapters, and conference presentations related to violence against women and family violence. She is also involved with many community organizations that focus on adolescent pregnancy and educational initiatives concerning family violence.

    Murray A. Straus is Professor of Sociology and Codirector of the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire. He has also taught at Minnesota, Cornell, Wisconsin, Washington State, York (England), Bombay (India), and the University of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). He has been president of three scientific societies, and received numerous honors, such as the American Professional Society on Child Abuse award for research contributions. Straus is the author or coauthor of more than 200 articles on the family, research methods, and South Asia; and 16 books, including Stress, Culture, and Aggression, Beating the Devil Out of Them: Corporal Punishment in American Families, Physical Violence in American Families, and Four Theories of Rape.

    Gregory L. Stuart received his PhD in clinical psychology from Indiana University, and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. He has conducted research in the area of marital violence, including study of batterer subtypes. His dissertation tested a mediational model in which impulsivity predicted marital violence among male batterers.

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