What Causes Men's Violence Against Women?

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Overview

This book uses various theoretical perspectives to summarize what is known about the multiple causes of men's violence against women, and stresses the importance of identifying men's risk factors. The preliminary multivariate model identifies four content areas: macrosocietal; biological; gender role socialization; and relational factors to explain men's violence against women.

Within these four content areas the editors develop thirteen preliminary hypotheses about the causes of men's violence against women, which are critiqued by the contributors in the subsequent chapters.

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Harway (Director of Research, Phillips Graduate Inst., Encino, CA) and O'Neil (family studies, U. of Connecticut, Storrs) put forth in the first two chapters 13 hypotheses based on a multivariate model about the causes of men's violence against women. In subsequent chapters other contributors critique or react to specific parts of the model and one or more of the hypotheses as they present their own ideas about the causes of men's violence against women. The editors conclude by synthesizing all of the discussions and put forward a new model which takes all the data into consideration. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761906186
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/16/1999
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

James M. O’Neil, Ph.D. is Professor of Educational Psychology and Family Studies Psychology at the University of Connecticut and a licensed psychologist in private practice in South Windsor, Connecticut. In 1975, he received his doctorate from the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services at the University of Maryland. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association in Divisions 17, 35, 43, 51, 52, 56. He is one of the founding members of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (SPSMM), Division 51 of the American Psychological Association. SPSMM named him Researcher of the Year in 1997 for his 20-year research program on men’s gender role conflict. His research programs relate to men and masculinity, gender role conflict, psychology of men and women, forgiveness, violence, and victimization. He is the author of the Gender Role Conflict Scale, a widely used measure of men’s conflict with their gender roles. His last book (with Michele Harway) was What Causes Men’s Violence Against Women? (Sage, 1999). In 1991, he was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Scholarship by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, to lecture in the former Soviet Union. He lectured at Moscow State Pedagogical University from February through April, 1992, on such topics as psychological counseling, psychology of gender roles, and victimization. In 1995, he was awarded Teaching Fellow status by the University of Connecticut for his outstanding excellence and dedication to the university teaching profession. In 2008, he received the Distinguished Professional Service Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity of APA for his significant contributions at the local, state, and national levels in promoting men’s well-being. His summary of over 200 empirical studies on men’s gender role conflict (O’Neil, 2008) resulted in being awarded The 2009 Counseling Psychologist Outstanding Contribution Award from Division 17 (Counseling Psychology). In the same year he was inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame of Marathon Central School Hall in a ceremony in his hometown of Marathon, New York.

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Table of Contents

Foreword - Joseph R Biden, Jr
PART ONE: BOOK CONTEXT AND CRITIQUES OF O'NEIL AND HARWAY'S MULTIVARIATE MODEL EXPLAINING MEN'S VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
What Causes Men to be Violent Against Women? The Unanswered and Controversial Question - Michele Harway and James M O'Neil
Preliminary Multivariate Model Explaining the Causes of Men's Violence Against Women - James M O'Neil and Michele Harway
Feminist Perspectives on Male Violence Against Women - Amy J Marin and Nancy Felipe Russo
Critiquing O'Neil and Harway's Model
Male Offenders - Richard J Gelles
Our Understanding from the Data
PART TWO: BIOLOGICAL, NEUROANATOMICAL, HORMONAL AND EVOLUTIONARY FACTORS EXPLAINING MEN'S VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Biological Perspectives on Violence Against Women - Anthony F Greene
The Evolutionary Origins of Male Violence Against Women - Louise B Silverstein
PART THREE: MEN'S AND WOMEN'S GENDER-ROLE SOCIALIZATION AND GENDER-ROLE CONFLICT1 FACTORS EXPLAINING MEN'S VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Men's Gender-Role Conflict, Defense Mechanisms and Self Protective Defensive Strategies - James M O'Neil and Rodney A Nadeau
Explaining Men's Violence Against Women from a Gender-Role Socialization Perspective
Women's Gender-Role Socialization, Gender-Role Conflict and Abuse - Roberta L Nutt
A Review of Predisposing Factors
PART FOUR: RELATIONAL AND INTERACTIONAL FACTORS EXPLAINING MEN'S VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Systems Perspectives on Battering - Stephen A Anderson and Margaret C Schlossberg
The Importance of Context and Pattern
Inter-Gender Relational Dimensions of Violence Toward Women - Sandra Rigazio-Di Gilio and A Stephan Lanza
A Co-Constructive-Developmental Perspective
PART FIVE: MACROSOCIETAL, RACIAL AND CULTURAL EXPLANATIONS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
The Interaction between Societal Violence and Domestic Violence - Janis Sanchez-Hucles and Mary Ann Dutton
Racial and Cultural Factors
PART SIX: THEORETICAL PROPOSITIONS, REVISED MULTIVARIATE MODEL OF MEN'S RISK FACTORS, NEW HYPOTHESES AND PREVENTIVE RECOMMENDATIONS
Revised Multivariate Model Explaining Men's Risk Factors for Violence Against Women - James M O'Neil and Michele Harway
Theoretical Propositions, New Hypothoses and Proactive Recommendations

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