domingo, 11 de novembro de 2012

Research and Theory on Family Violence

Illustration for the Blog: CDSOC325

"Look A Look" - Paulo Zerbato/2010

Chapter 3: Research and Theory on Family Violence

The first chapter I am choosing to look into is Chapter 3: Research and Theory on Family Violence. I chose this chapter because it is important to remember the domestic violence effects everyone in the family, even if the violence is not directly happening to them. This chapter looks into research methods used to collect data regarding family violence, and the sources of that data. It also looks into different violence theories such as the Family Violence theory, The Classical School perspective, The Positive school perspective including biological and social and psychological aspects, the Conflict School, and Multidimensional theory.
I found an interesting article regarding a specific outlook on a theory of violent behavior. It is titled: The Identification of Implicit Theories in Domestic Violence Perpetrators.


“Each of the interviewees described beliefs about their position in the world, which suggested that they felt threatened by others. These beliefs extended to their relationships with their partners, with many describing these women as demanding, hysterical, or manipulative. The need to always win an argument (even when they knew they were wrong) was a prominent feature of these accounts. A number of themes in this category were identified, including the belief that violence is normal, that the world is untrustworthy, that women are unknowable, that “I am always right,” and others related more generally to emotional volatility.” (Dempsey).

Each participant talked of a history of violence in their families and/or with their peers. All the participants also reported feeling that the world was an untrustworthy place. They also each expressed a belief in sticking with their arguments even when they knew they were wrong and feeling attacked by anyone who disagreed with them. The article goes into great depth about particular beliefs each participant held about their lives and the lives of their family members. Also the research dives into where these feelings are rooted in the abuser’s past., thus examining the history of the violence and the given situations. “The results of this study offer some preliminary empirical support… that the implicit theories of domestic violence perpetrators are likely to be similar to those that have been identified in studies of other types of violent offender.” (Dempsey).

I found a drawing that I thought fit the idea of the history of violence well.

drawing credit: (Zerbato)

I think this picture does a great job of illustrating the way children learn to see the world through the eyes of their parents/guardians. Hence, a child who experiences violence in their home might learn to view the world that way and may very likely exhibit violent tendencies later in life.

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