Psychological and Physical Aggression in Couples: Causes and Interventions

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Approximately 10% of men and women in the United States have experienced physical aggression from their partners within the last year. Most, if not all, of these instances were preceded by psychological aggression. Yet despite the integral relationship between psychological and physical aggression, the two topics are often researched and treated separately. This book investigates the interplay of psychological and physical aggression between partners. It examines the history of research in this area, discusses new, cutting-edge studies, and suggests promising applications in clinical settings. Different levels of severity and types of aggression are explored, illustrating that for both risk factors and interventions, "one size does not fit all." The three major sections of the book focus on prevalence, etiology, and intervention. Within these sections, contributors discuss sociocultural, familial, genetic, and psychological factors associated with partner aggression; prevention; individual and group interventions; couples therapy; and more. With its unique combination of research and clinical findings by well-known experts in the field, this volume will inspire both service providers and researchers to think about partner aggression in new ways.

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Reviewer: Michael S. Goldsby, PhD, CCRP (Family Psychiatry of The Woodlands)
Description: This extraordinary book is not only a contemporary assemblage of current and historical research in the study of partner aggression, but also a forward-looking treatise that presents the possibilities for new research in the field and novel clinical applications for treatment and prevention in a variety of settings. It provides a comprehensive summary of information and emerging developments in the field of psychological and physical aggression research and treatment.
Purpose: The editors have a somewhat dual purpose for this book — to provide readers with a comprehensive understanding of the prevalence, causes, and treatment of psychological and physical aggression in intimate relationships and to provide this emerging and rapidly growing field with a valuable go-to resource for further research and useful clinical application.
Audience: The book clearly is intended to provide a valuable resource for those in academic, research, and clinical settings. It also can be used by educators and students in psychology, sociology, and family systems theory, as well as in graduate studies in clinical psychology, social work, family counseling, and marriage and family therapy.
Features: Through the contributions of scholarly authors in each chapter, this book poses and quite aptly addresses three questions germane to the study of intimate partner violence: 1) How common is partner aggression? 2) Why does it occur? 3) How can it be prevented and treated? The three major components of this book present contemporary as well as historic research and clinical information on the prevalence, etiology, and interventions in the field of partner aggression. Each chapter reviews new and pertinent research findings and introduces various examples of intervention and treatment for clinical application.
Assessment: Historically, psychological and physical aggression between partners has been studied, treated, and viewed in a nonintegrated fashion. This one-of-a kind book examines both forms of aggression using a novel, integrated approach with the most up-to-date research and clinical application for studying and treating the many facets of aggression in couples. Simply said, this is the ultimate go-to resource for those who are interested in the latest research on psychological and physical aggression in couples. It is definitely the standard-bearer as a guide for future research and studies in the field for years to come.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433804533
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 5/15/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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