Family Violence: Communication Processes

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Dudley D. Cahn
SUNY Press, Jan 9, 2008 - Social Science - 240 pages
Although the United States has a high level of affluence and education compared to much of the rest of the world, neither wealth nor schooling ensures personal safety, particularly within the family and home. Every ten seconds, a child is beaten, neglected, or molested by his or her own family members, and many couples and children can be violent, abusive, and aggressive towards other family members as well. Family Violence focuses on the communication processes that occur before, during, and after these episodes. Contributors to the volume include both established scholars and newcomers to the communication field who use quantitative and qualitative approaches to unravel the complexities of the communication processes that are at the center of violence in families. Essays cover a range of topics, focusing separately on couples violence and violence between parents and children, and through the lens of communication research shed new light on the significant problem of domestic violence in the United States.
 

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Contents

1 An Evolving Communication Perspective on Family Violence
1
PART 1 Couples Violence
25
A Theoretical Framework for Identifying Various Types of Violent Couples
27
Account Analyses of Male Batterers
49
4 Measuring Change in Attitudes Targeted by Batterer Intervention Programs
73
5 Exploring the Communication of Men Revealing Abuse from Female Romantic Partners
89
Shifting Perspectives from Social Scientific to Rhetorical
113
PART 2 ParentChild Violence
133
7 A Communication Perspective on Physical Child Abuse
135
A Qualitative Analysis of MotherChild Playtime Interactions
155
Abused Parents Perceptions of theMeaning and Goals of AdolescentsVerbal Physical and Emotional Abuse
179
10 Forgiving the Unforgivable? Processes of Forgiveness and Reconciliation after Episodes of Family Violence
205
Contributors
221
Index
223
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Dudley D. Cahn is Professor of Communication at the State University of New York College at New Paltz. He is the editor of several books, the author of Conflict in Intimate Relationships, and the coauthor (with Ruth Anna Abigail) of Managing Conflict Through Communication.

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