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NCJ Number: 92701 Find in a Library
Title: Child Abuse and Neglect - Dynamics and Underlying Pattern
Journal: Victimology  Volume:8  Issue:1-2  Dated:(1983)  Pages:105-112
Author(s): R Wolff
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 7
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The author's focus is a critical concept of child abuse and neglect bringing together conceptualizations of the victim or the sacrifice, notions which are central in the process of modern civilization.
Abstract: The history of civilization is understood as the formation of the self, whereby the introjection of the sacrifice -- establishing the consciousness of guilt feelings -- plays a major role. Child abuse and neglect can be understood as a blind attempt to reestablish the Self by eliminating the Other which is threatening the abuser's fragile identity. Child abuse arises out of a situation of powerlessness, though in relation to a child there is always an asymmetry of power. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Psychological theories
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