ERIC Number: ED290071
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May
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Wife Battering: A Multi-Faceted Approach to Etiology.
Deitz, Marian B.
A review of the literature was conducted relevant to the history of wife battering, the incidence of such abuse in the United States, and difficulties in the definition of domestic violence. Major attempts to explain wife battering found in the literature included a focus on: (1) personality factors of the individuals involved (the ontogenic approach); (2) investigation of systemic variables within the marital dyad (microsystem perspective); (3) exploration of the influence of external stressors on the couple (exosystem approach); and (4) emphasis on the impact of sociocultural sexism on the development of wife battering (macrosystem perspective). Each of these approaches offers insight into the problem, but none covers all of the factors involved in wife battering. Effective intervention must deal with wife battering from all four perspectives, with safety being the first consideration. On the ontogenic level, individual therapy and separate group therapy for battered women and the husbands is the treatment of choice. Microsystem intervention would involve conjoint therapy with both the husband and wife. On the exosystem and macrosystem levels, society can help by funding and advertising shelters, and by raising public awareness of the seriousness of wife battering. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Doctoral research paper, Biola University.