Violence in the Home: An Introduction

Karel Kurst-Swanger and Jacqueline L. Petcosky

in Violence in the Home

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195165180
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864966 | DOI:
 Violence in the Home: An Introduction

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This chapter introduces the reader to the complex phenomenon of family violence. It explores the conceptual framework from which the subject matter is approached and working definitions of family and family maltreatment are provided. It provides a rationale for the addition of pseudo families to the discourse on family violence. It discusses the reasons why family violence is a critical issue to study and outlines the multidisciplinary perspectives which guide researchers and intervention strategies. Common themes identified in abusive families are introduced as well as some of the cultural factors which encourage and reinforce abusive behaviors, such as violent social models, social conditions, cultural and ethnic heritage, and religious traditions.

Keywords: family violence; family maltreatment; pseudo families; power differentials; abuse continuum; polygamy; new religious movements; medical neglect; religious traditions; ethnic heritage

Chapter.  10086 words. 

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