Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Violence in Intimate Relationships

Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Violence in Intimate Relationships

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Violence in Intimate Relationships. Ximena B. Arriaga & Stuart Oskamp (Eds.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 1999. 216 pp. ISBN 0-7619-16431. $66.00 cloth, $29.95 paper.

Violence in Intimate Relationships is based on recent contributions made as part of the Claremont Symposium on Applied Social Psychology. The purpose of this compilation of works is to advance the understanding of violence in intimate relationships. In Violence in Intimate Relationships, Ximena B. Arriaga, Stuart Oskamp, and the contributing authors explore a number of important issues relevant to this important area. The book is divided into sections that allow readers to quickly locate topics of interest, and it provides a useful progression of content matter.

In the first section of Violence in Intimate Relationships, the contributing authors examine the nature of violence. In particular, the prevalence of violence among male as well as female partners is explored, promoting a critical examination of violence research and highlighting the need to consider the context and assumptions of such research. In addition, a typology of male batterers, described along the three dimensions of the severity of marital violence, the generality of marital violence, and the psychopathology of the batterer, provides a thoughtful and useful way of handling the heterogeneity of male batterers. Further, one subtype of male batterer is explored in the context of behaviors common to batterers, with a particular focus on the limitations of the social learning model in explaining these behaviors.

The second section of Violence in Intimate Relationships explores a variety of contexts that may contribute to violent interactions between partners. Particular emphasis is placed on the communication deficits of batterers, including deficits in social skills and problem-solving, conflict patterns between partners, and power dynamics between partners. …

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