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Family Violence from a Communication Perspectiveby Dudley D. Cahn
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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.
Book News Annotation:
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.
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