ERIC Number: EJ777450
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
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On Integrating Variables and Separating Facts in the Complex Relationship between Dependency and Domestic Violence
Bornstein, Robert F.
American Psychologist, v62 n7 p709-711 Oct 2007
Presents a reply by Robert Bornstein to comments from Chronister and regarding his article, "The complex relationship between dependency and domestic violence: Converging psychological factors and social forces." In addition to raising some important issues regarding the link between dependency and domestic violence, the comments by Chronister and Dutton illustrate the importance of integrating variables and separating facts. Chronister's call for scrutiny of the bidirectional influence between emotional and economic dependency not only enhances our understanding of the dependency-abuse relationship but also points to useful interventions that may reduce the incidence and severity of domestic violence among married and cohabiting couples. Dutton's conflation of gender differences in abuse perpetration rates with the underlying causes of domestic violence tells us little about the state of the discipline but illustrates the importance of separating facts--in this case distinguishing epidemiological data from data that assess directly the intra- and interpersonal dynamics of abuse perpetration and victimization.
Descriptors: Family Violence, Correlation, Gender Differences, Victims of Crime, Interpersonal Relationship, Individual Characteristics, Emotional Response, Economic Status, Females, Intervention, Epidemiology, Social Influences, Psychological Patterns
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