Family Violence from a Communication Perspective / Edition 1

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Going beyond the traditional psychological and sociological approaches, this ground-breaking volume presents a new theoretical framework for understanding and resolving abusive family interactions: it takes a communication perspective to examine the interactional processes at the core of domestic abuse, aggression and violence.

Covering spouse, child, elderly parent and courtship abuse, the contributors explore both commonalities and differences in emotional, psychological, verbal and sexual abuse. They illustrate how these different types of abuse stem from problematic communication patterns integral to the power imbalance inherent in abusive relationships. The contributors also suggest ways of modifying these patterns.

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Nineteen contributors from different fields of expertise analyze the dimensions of domestic abuse through a communication theory framework, defining acts and behaviors as verbal and non-verbal with intention (the message sender) and perceived intention (message receiver's point of view). The essays examine a variety of abuse situations beginning with courtship and continuing through marriage, and commonalities and differences inherent in verbal, psychological, and sexual abuse. Paper edition (unseen), $23.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803959835
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/16/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Lloyd
Title: Professor
Co-Chair, Department of Teacher Education
Scholarly Interests:
Dr. Lloyd's research interests include family/school collaboration and violence against women
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Table of Contents

Family Violence from a Communication Perspective - Dudley D Cahn
The Catalyst Hypothesis - Michael E Roloff
Conditions under which Coercive Communication Leads to Physical Aggression
Family Interaction Process - Gayla Margolin et al
An Essential Tool for Exploring Abusive Relations
Home Is Where the Hell Is - Linda Ade-Ridder and Allen R Jones
An Introduction to Violence against Children from a Communication Perspective
Parent-to-Child Verbal Aggression - Yvonne Vissing and Walter Baily
Communication Patterns in Families of Adolescent Sex Offenders - Sandra M Stith and Gary H Bischof
Communication and Violence in Courtship Relationships - Collen M Carey and Paul A Mongeau
The Ties that Bind Women to Violent Premarital Relationships - Karen H Rosen
Processes of Seduction and Entrapment
Physical Aggression, Distress, and Everyday Marital Interaction - Sally A Lloyd
The Role of Communication in Verbal Abuse between Spouses - Teresa Chandler Sabourin
Relational Control and Physical Aggression in Satisfying Marital Relationships - L Edna Rogers, Anne Castleton and Sally A Lloyd
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