Synopses & Reviews
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.
Table of Contents
Family violence from a communication perspective / Dudley D. Cahn -- The catalyst hypothesis : conditions under which coercive communication leads to physical aggression / Michael E. Roloff -- Family interaction process : an essential tool for exploring abusive relations / Gayla Margolin et al. -- Home is where the hell is : an introduction to violence against children from a communication perspective / Linda Ade-Ridder and Allen R. Jones -- 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 / Colleen M. Carey and Paul A. Mongeau -- The ties that bind women to violent premarital relationships : processes of seduction and entrapment / Karen H. Rosen -- 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.