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NCJ Number: 154507 Find in a Library
Title: Wife Abuse and the Wife Abuser: Review and Recommendations
Journal: Counseling Psychologist  Volume:22  Issue:4  Dated:(October 1994)  Pages:539-582
Author(s): A D Carden
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 44
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews the clinical, theoretical, and empirical literature on wife abuse and wife abusers in order to provide answers to why men abuse their wives and what can be done to stop them.
Abstract: The author discusses relevant historical and contextual information, presents an overview of domestic violence, and describes the evolution and current status of public and professional awareness and response. The review includes research studies and discursive papers that view wife abusers from sociopolitical and psychological perspectives. The author proposes an integrated model for understanding etiological, dynamic, and intervention issues and concludes with a discussion of clinical and research implications and recommendations. She indicates that the clinician who provides treatment services to wife abusers walks a thin line between therapeutic advocacy of the client and responsible accountability to the victim. Therapeutic issues of confidentiality and privilege are both complex and controversial. Based on the perspective of the ecological theory of male violence toward female intimates, the author suggests that researchers need to document the extent and correlation of selected variables within each layer of influence. In addition to batterer-versus-nonbatterer comparisons, researchers need to contrast intrapsychic, interpersonal, and sociocultural data within the population of batterers. 184 references, 1 table, and 3 figures
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Abused women; Abusing spouses; Battered wives; Domestic assault prevention; Integrated theories of crime; Male offenders; Psychological research; Psychological theories; Victims of violent crime; Violence prevention; Violent men
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