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NCJ Number: 98515 Find in a Library
Title: Hitting Habit - Anger Control for Battering Couples
Author(s): J P Deschner
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 249
Sponsoring Agency: Free Press
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This text examines battering and provides an anger-control treatment strategy involving both participants (victim and perpetrator) to help them better resolve their conflicts.
Abstract: Drawing on research in physiology, psychology, sociology, and social work, the text examines family violence, anger, and aggression in terms of both individual and cultural dynamics. An anger control training approach is presented for counselors. Key components of the approach include understanding the psychological and physiological catalysts of aggression such as fear, pain, jealousy, alcohol, and sugar; and altering cognitions and learning anger containment behaviors such as structured timeouts and responsive listening. Adaptation of these techniques from group to couple/individual applications also is presented. The frequent relationship between spouse abuse and child abuse is discussed, and modifications of treatment strategies to such cases are suggested. In addition to specific teaching strategies, sample forms and exercises for clients are provided. An index and 183 references are included.
Index Term(s): Abusing spouses; Aggression; Battered wives; Behavior modification; Behavioral science research; Conflict resolution; Domestic assault; Domestic relations; Family counseling; Violence
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