Partner Violence : A New Paradigm for Understanding Conflict Escalation /

As domestic violence continues to be a focus of social and psychological concern, two basic contradictory viewpoints endure: one rooted in male power dynamics, the other maintaining that both genders use and are victimized by violence. Although both sides have their merits, neither has adequately an...

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Author / Creator:Winstok, Zeev.
Imprint:New York ; London : Springer Verlag, c2013.
Description:xiii, 179 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Language:English
Series:Springer series on human exceptionality, 1572-5642
Springer series on human exceptionality.
Subject:Intimate partner violence.
Men -- Psychology.
Women -- Violence against.
Men -- Violence against.
Women -- Psychology.
Spouse Abuse -- psychology.
Aggression -- psychology.
Conflict (Psychology)
Sex Factors.
Intimate partner violence.
Men -- Psychology.
Women -- Psychology.
Women -- Violence against.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/8938966
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ISBN:9781461445678
1461445671
9781461445685 (ebook)
146144568X (ebook)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary:As domestic violence continues to be a focus of social and psychological concern, two basic contradictory viewpoints endure: one rooted in male power dynamics, the other maintaining that both genders use and are victimized by violence. Although both sides have their merits, neither has adequately answered the crucial question: What causes conflict to escalate into violence? This book adds a third, escalation-focused paradigm to the debate, addressing the limitations of the two dominant perspectives in a comprehensive scholarly approach. This concise yet comprehensive volume examines key gender- and non-gender-related violence issues and sets out a compelling behavioral argument that using violence to control others is a rational choice. Its theoretical and empirical foundations support an in-depth study of escalating aggression in violent relationships, both throughout periods of chronic conflict and in single violent episodes. This analysis promotes a broader and deeper understanding of partner violence, suitable to developing more finely targeted, effective, and lasting interventions. Among the key topics featured are: gender differences in aggressive tendencies; dominance, control, and violenc; partner violence as planned behavior; the process leading to partner violence; partner conflict dynamics throughout relationship periods and within conflicts; and, gender differences in escalatory intentions. This book is an important volume for researchers, graduate students, and clinicians/professionals across various disciplines, including personality and social psychology, criminology, public health, clinical psychology, sociology, and social work.