Family Violence: Communication Processes

Family Violence: Communication Processes

by Dudley D. Cahn
     
 

ISBN-10: 079149375X

ISBN-13: 9780791493755

Pub. Date: 02/05/2009

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Although the United States has a high level of affluence and education compared to much of the rest of the world, neither wealth nor schooling ensures personal safety, particularly within the family and home. Every ten seconds, a child is beaten, neglected, or molested by his or her own family members, and many couples and children can be violent, abusive, and

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Although the United States has a high level of affluence and education compared to much of the rest of the world, neither wealth nor schooling ensures personal safety, particularly within the family and home. Every ten seconds, a child is beaten, neglected, or molested by his or her own family members, and many couples and children can be violent, abusive, and aggressive towards other family members as well. Family Violence focuses on the communication processes that occur before, during, and after these episodes. Contributors to the volume include both established scholars and newcomers to the communication field who use quantitative and qualitative approaches to unravel the complexities of the communication processes that are at the center of violence in families. Essays cover a range of topics, from couples violence to violence between parents and children, and shed new light on the significant problem of domestic violence in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791493755
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/05/2009
Series:
SUNY series in Communication Studies Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

1 An Evolving Communication Perspective on Family Violence Dudley D. Cahn 1

Part 1 Couples' Violence

2 Relational Control-Motivated Aggression: A Theoretical Framework for Identifying Various Types of Violent Couples Loreen N. Olson 27

3 Making Sense of Abuse: Account Analyses of Male Batterers Teresa C. Sabourin 49

4 Measuring Change in Attitudes Targeted by Batterer Intervention Programs Maria Elena Villar Victoria Orrego-Dunleavy Joan Svaldi Farr 73

5 Exploring the Communication of Men Revealing Abuse from Female Romantic Partners Jessica J. Eckstein 89

6 Seeing Family Violence Differently: Shifting Perspectives from Social Scientific to Rhetorical Suzanne M. Enck-Wanzer 113

Part 2 Parent-Child Violence

7 A Communication Perspective on Physical Child Abuse Angela B. Swanson Dudley D. Cahn 135

8 Distinguishing Communication Behaviors of Mothers High and Low in Trait Verbal Aggression: A Qualitative Analysis of Mother-Child Playtime Interactions Felicia Roberts Steven R. Wilson Julie E. Delaney Jessica J. Rack 155

9 Adolescent-to-Parent Abuse: Abused Parents' Perceptions of the Meaning and Goals of Adolescents' Verbal, Physical, and Emotional Abuse Nancy J. Brule 179

10 Forgiving the Unforgivable? Processes of Forgiveness and Reconciliation after Episodes of Family Violence Ruth Anna Abigail 205

List of Contributors 221

Index 223

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