Theoretical Perspectives

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:
 Theoretical Perspectives

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This chapter examines the historical roots of family violence research and theory. Four major theoretical models and their specific theories are presented. Theories are explored within micro, meso, and macro levels of analysis and include: psychiatric/psychopathological models; and socio-psychological theories such as traumatic bonding theory, stress theory, social conflict theory, power theory, resource theory, exchange/social control theory, symbolic interactionist theory, socio-biological/evolutionary theory, and social learning theory. Socio-cultural models are examined including: patriarchal/feminist theory, culture of violence theory, political economy theory, and environmental stress/strain theory. Multidimensional models are also presented including general systems theory/global theory and ecological theory.

Keywords: family violence theory; domestic violence theory; theoretical explanations; psychiatric models; psychopathological models; theories on violence; multidimensional models

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