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The Battered Woman Syndrome, Third Edition


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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

Table of Contents

Contributors — Preface — Acknowledgments — 1. The battered woman syndrome study overview — New BWS research — Batterer intervention programs — High risk factors — Sex role socialization — Physical and sexual abuse as children — Alcohol and other drug abuse — Problems with the learned helplessness theory — Violence prone personality of men who batter — Relationship issues — Summary — 2. History — Battered woman shelters — Battered woman advocates — U.S. funded & congressional actions — Sex role stereotypes and mental health — Psychotherapy for battered women — Child custody and access to children — Teen violence — Summary — 3. What is the battered woman syndrome? — Post-traumatic stress disorder — DSM IV-TR criteria for PTSD — Empirical support for BWS — Battered woman syndrome qualitative results — Summary — 4. Learned helplessness, learned optimism and battered women — History of learned helplessness research — Implications of sex role socialization to development of learned helplessness — Original learned helplessness research — Expert witness testimony — If learned helplessness exists in battered women, what can reverse it? — Summary — 5. Descriptions of violence and the cycle of violence — Introduction — Descriptions of violence — Cycle theory of violence — Walker cycle theory of violence from the research — Cycle theory and interventions — Summary — 6. Risk assessment and lethal potential — Batterer's violence-prone personality patterns — Women's violence towards men — Domestic violence treatment programs — Risk assessment — Forensic psychology and risk assessment — Homicide — Women who kill in self-defense — Measuring severity of violence : the battering quotient — Summary —

Product Details

Springer Publishing Company
Abuse - General
Walker, Lenore E. A.
Lenore E. Walker
Walker, Lenore E.
Clinical Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Wife abuse
Wife abuse -- United States.
Abused wives -- United States -- Psychology.
Abuse - Domestic Partner Abuse
Psychopathology - General
Psychotherapy - Couples & Family
Abuse-Domestic Violence
Psychology : General
Sociology - General
Psychology : Clinical Psychology
Publication Date:
March 2009

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Abuse » Domestic Violence
Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » General
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Couple and Family Therapy
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » General
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies

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