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Case Studies in Family Violence - Robert T. Ammerman

Case Studies in Family Violence

By: Robert T. Ammerman (Editor), Michel Hersen (Editor)

Paperback Published: 31st January 1991
ISBN: 9780306436499
Number Of Pages: 406

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The past 20 years have seen the emergence of family violence as one of the most critical problems facing society. The alarming incidence figures of abuse and neglect directed toward family members justify this atten- tion. For example, over 1 million children are thought to be abused and neglected each year. Similarly, almost 2 million women are victims of wife battering each year. Annual rates of elderly mistreatment are thought to be as high as 32 per 1000 population. Accurate epidemiologi- cal data only now are being compiled on more recently recognized forms of mistreatment, such as psychological abuse, ritualistic abuse of chil- dren, and child witnessing of adult violence. The pervasiveness of do- mestic mistreatment makes it a priority for clinicians and researchers alike. For clinicians, intrafamilial violence represents a formidable chal- lenge with respect to assessment and treatment. The etiology of abuse and neglect is multidetermined. There are numerous pathways in the development of family violence, and these interact and converge in a nonlinear fashion. The consequences of family violence are equally com- plex and divergent. Victims of mistreatment can display a variety of physical injuries and psychological disturbances. No single psychiatric syndrome or symptom constellation has been consistently implicated in any form of family mistreatment. The perpetrators of family violence are equally heterogeneous in their clinical presentations. Illustrative dys- functions in perpetrators include skill deficits, substance abuse, mental illness, and impulse-control disorders.

General Issues
Family Violence: A Clinical Overviewp. 3
Social and Ecological Issues in Violence toward Childrenp. 15
The Ecology of Domestic Aggression toward Adult Victimsp. 39
Legal Issues in Violence toward Childrenp. 63
Legal Issues in Violence toward Adultsp. 89
Medical Issues with Child Victims of Family Violencep. 103
Medical Issues with Adult Victims of Family Violencep. 113
Violence Toward Children
Child Physical Abusep. 133
Child Neglectp. 157
Child Sexual Abusep. 177
Incestp. 209
Maltreatment of Children with Disabilitiesp. 231
The Child Witness of Family Violencep. 259
Psychological and Emotional Abuse of Childrenp. 293
Violence Toward Adults
Wife Batteringp. 323
Psychological Maltreatment of Partnersp. 349
Marital Rapep. 375
Intimate Partner Homicidep. 415
Indexp. 451
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ISBN: 9780306436499
ISBN-10: 0306436493
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 406
Published: 31st January 1991
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.59