The Battered Woman Syndrome, Third Edition / Edition 3

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Overview

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This is an excellent book, written by the foremost authority in the field. [It] is easy to read and does a nice job integrating theory and research. Score: 95, 4 stars

--Doody's

Walker's seminal, groundbreaking book The Battered Woman Syndrome (BWS) has forged new directions in the field of domestic violence for over 30 years. Now, the highly anticipated, third edition offers thoroughly updated and revised research on key topics, including posttraumatic stress disorder, learned helplessness or learned optimism, the cycle theory of violence, and much more.

This third edition presents updated data generated from the newly modified Battered Woman Syndrome Questionnaire (BWSQ). With a new focus on culture and ethnicity, this data details the experiences of foreign women who either live in their country of origin or the U.S. Like its popular predecessors, this new edition serves as a valuable resource for both professional counselors and students studying domestic violence.

Discussions on the revised criteria for the BWS and PTSD:

  • Posttraumatic stress and re-experiencing the trauma
  • High levels of anxiety and arousal
  • Emotional numbing, avoidance behaviors, and depression
  • Disrupted interpersonal relationships
  • Distorted body image and physical illnesses
  • Sexual issues, including feelings of guilt, shame, and jealousy

Key topics discussed:

  • Attachment issues for battered women and the men who batter them
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Risk factors for further abuse
  • Women in prison and battered women who kill their abusive partners in self-defense
  • The Survivor Therapy Empowerment Program (STEP) which helps women better understand how the violence has impacted their lives
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The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: The culmination of 30 years of research, this book describes battered woman syndrome, tying together the woman's childhood and her relationship with the batterer to help understand her psychological functioning and provide treatment options. Previous editions were published in 1984 and 2000.
Purpose: According to the author, "the goal of this edition has been to integrate the newer scientific data about the lives of battered women and how it leads to the development of battered woman syndrome together with the literature on domestic violence. We added the emphasis on culture and ethnicity, looking at how country of origin and culture interact with the impact of domestic violence. We looked at the special situation of women in jail, learning that for many of them, being in jail was their first stable environment. And in direct contrast to many of the advocates' messages, we emphasized the benefits of trauma therapy in helping some battered women heal from the psychological effects of their abuse."
Audience: Both professional counselors and students studying domestic violence are the intended audience. Dr. Walker, a professor at Southeastern University, has published extensively in the area of interpersonal violence.
Features: An introduction and history of battered woman syndrome begins the book. Dr. Walker uses learned helplessness and attachment theory as the theoretical constructs to explain battered women. The cycle theory of violence is fully discussed as well as risk assessment, i.e. personality patterns of the batterer and predicting violence, integrating MacArthur variables, HCR-20 variables, and PCL-R variables. Other topics include sexuality issues, substance abuse, cross-cultural issues, and mental health needs. The book ends with a description of STEP (Survivor Therapy Empowerment Program), an evidence-based program for abused women. The tables and figures are extremely helpful in clarifying the text. This book is easy to read and does a nice job integrating theory and research.
Assessment: This is an excellent book, written by the foremost authority in the field. The book integrates theory, research, and practice quite nicely. The new edition is justified because of new research findings as well as the addition of information on culture and ethnicity.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: The culmination of 30 years of research, this book describes battered woman syndrome, tying together the woman's childhood and her relationship with the batterer to help understand her psychological functioning and provide treatment options. Previous editions were published in 1984 and 2000.
Purpose: According to the author, "the goal of this edition has been to integrate the newer scientific data about the lives of battered women and how it leads to the development of battered woman syndrome together with the literature on domestic violence. We added the emphasis on culture and ethnicity, looking at how country of origin and culture interact with the impact of domestic violence. We looked at the special situation of women in jail, learning that for many of them, being in jail was their first stable environment. And in direct contrast to many of the advocates' messages, we emphasized the benefits of trauma therapy in helping some battered women heal from the psychological effects of their abuse."
Audience: Both professional counselors and students studying domestic violence are the intended audience. Dr. Walker, a professor at Southeastern University, has published extensively in the area of interpersonal violence.
Features: An introduction and history of battered woman syndrome begins the book. Dr. Walker uses learned helplessness and attachment theory as the theoretical constructs to explain battered women. The cycle theory of violence is fully discussed as well as risk assessment, i.e. personality patterns of the batterer and predicting violence, integrating MacArthur variables, HCR-20 variables, and PCL-R variables. Other topics include sexuality issues, substance abuse, cross-cultural issues, and mental health needs. The book ends with a description of STEP (Survivor Therapy Empowerment Program), an evidence-based program for abused women. The tables and figures are extremely helpful in clarifying the text. This book is easy to read and does a nice job integrating theory and research.
Assessment: This is an excellent book, written by the foremost authority in the field. The book integrates theory, research, and practice quite nicely. The new edition is justified because of new research findings as well as the addition of information on culture and ethnicity.
From The Critics
Reviewer:Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description:The culmination of 30 years of research, this book describes battered woman syndrome, tying together the woman's childhood and her relationship with the batterer to help understand her psychological functioning and provide treatment options. Previous editions were published in 1984 and 2000.
Purpose:According to the author, "the goal of this edition has been to integrate the newer scientific data about the lives of battered women and how it leads to the development of battered woman syndrome together with the literature on domestic violence. We added the emphasis on culture and ethnicity, looking at how country of origin and culture interact with the impact of domestic violence. We looked at the special situation of women in jail, learning that for many of them, being in jail was their first stable environment. And in direct contrast to many of the advocates' messages, we emphasized the benefits of trauma therapy in helping some battered women heal from the psychological effects of their abuse.
Audience:Both professional counselors and students studying domestic violence are the intended audience. Dr. Walker, a professor at Southeastern University, has published extensively in the area of interpersonal violence.
Features:An introduction and history of battered woman syndrome begins the book. Dr. Walker uses learned helplessness and attachment theory as the theoretical constructs to explain battered women. The cycle theory of violence is fully discussed as well as risk assessment, i.e. personality patterns of the batterer and predicting violence, integrating MacArthur variables, HCR-20 variables, and PCL-R variables. Other topics include sexuality issues, substance abuse, cross-cultural issues, and mental health needs. The book ends with a description of STEP (Survivor Therapy Empowerment Program), an evidence-based program for abused women. The tables and figures are extremely helpful in clarifying the text. This book is easy to read and does a nice job integrating theory and research.
Assessment:This is an excellent book, written by the foremost authority in the field. The book integrates theory, research, and practice quite nicely. The new edition is justified because of new research findings as well as the addition of information on culture and ethnicity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826102522
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/23/2009
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 838,730
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Lenore E.A. Walker, EdD is a Professor at Nova Southeastern University Center for Psychological Studies and Coordinator of the Clinical Forensic Psychology Concentration. She is also in the Independent Practice of Forensic Psychology. Dr. Walker specialized in work with victims of interpersonal violence particularly battered women & abused children. She earned her undergraduate degree in 1962 from CUNY Hunter College, her Masters of Science in 1967 from CUNY City College and her EdD in psychology from Rutgers, the State U in NJ. In 2004 she received a Post Doctoral Masters Degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology at NSU. She has been elected as a member of APA governance since the mid 1980's having served several terms on the APA Council of Representatives, on the Board of Directors, and President of several divisions including Division 35, the Society for the Psychology of Women; Division 42, Independent Practice; Division 46, Media Psychology, and on Boards and Committees such as the Committee on Legal Issues (COLI) and the Committee on International Relations in Psychology (CIRP).

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Table of Contents

Contributors

Preface

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1 The Battered Woman Syndrome Overview

Chapter 2 History

Chapter 3 What Is the Battered Woman Syndrome?

Chapter 4 Learned Helplessness, Learned Optimism and Battered Women

Chapter 5 Descriptions of Violence and the Cycle of Violence

Chapter 6 Risk Assessment and Lethal Potential

Chapter 7 Body Image and Somatic Symptoms

Chapter 8 Sexuality Issues

Chapter 9 Battered Women's Attachment Style and Interpersonal
Functioning
Chapter 10 Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence

Chapter 11 Impact of Violence in the Home on Children

Chapter 12 Cross- Cultural and Cross-National Issues in Domestic Violence

Chapter 13 Domestic Violence Courts and Batterer's Treatment Programs

Chapter 14 Battered Women in Jail and Prison

Chapter 15 Mental Health Needs of Battered Women

Chapter 16 Survivor Therapy Empowerment Program (STEP)

References

Index

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