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Title: Biopsychosocial Model for Understanding Relationship Aggression (From Violence and Sexual Abuse at Home: Current Issues in Spousal Battering and Child Maltreatment, P 57-79, 1997, Robert Geffner, et al., eds. -- See NCJ-168285)
Author(s): A Rosenbaum; R Geffner; S Benjamin
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Haworth Press, Inc
Binghamton, NY 13904
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: MH44812
Sale Source: Haworth Press, Inc
10 Alice Street
Binghamton, NY 13904
United States of America
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Aggression in adult intimate relationships is a significant problem with far-reaching effects on victims, perpetrators, families, and society.
Abstract: Recognizing the extent of the problem, the U.S. Department of Justice has established a Violence Against Women Office, and many States have enacted legislation to protect victims and deal with perpetrators. An adequate understanding of the dynamics of relationship aggression is necessary so that effective interventions and prevention programs can be developed. The current status of research on relationship aggression is reviewed, and several omissions such as ignorance of the potential contributions of biological factors are noted. Recent research on the relevance of biological factors in relationship aggression is examined, and a biopsychosocial model of relationship aggression is presented. The focus is on characteristics of batterers, serotonin (a neurotransmitter that has been implicated in many psychiatric conditions), and the link between head injury and relationship aggression. Suggestions for future research are offered. 69 references and 1 figure
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Abusing spouses; Aggression; Biological influences; Domestic assault; Domestic assault prevention; Female victims; Spouse abuse treatment programs; Violence causes; Violence prevention; Violent men; Violent offenders
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