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The abusive personality : violence and control in intimate relationships /
Donald G. Dutton.
imprint
New York : Guilford Press, c1998.
description
ix, 214 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1572303700 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : Guilford Press, c1998.
isbn
1572303700 (hbk. : alk. paper)
catalogue key
2631717
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-204) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Donald G. Dutton, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, Canada
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1999-03-01:
Dutton (Univ. of British Columbia) provides a sweeping examination of research and theory with an eye toward intervention and change. Arguing that male abusive behavior is a natural and expected outgrowth from a particular personality configuration, the author suggests that three early factors constitute the core of the adult abusive personality: witnessing abuse, being shamed by a parent, and being insecurely attached through unpredictable parental emotional availability. The author covers early explanations of violence and control in intimate relationships, the learning of abusiveness, the psychology of the cycle of violence, the structure of the abusive personality, the primitive origins of rage, and attachment rage. He links the psychological profiles of abusive men with their partners' reports of the form and frequency of the male's abusiveness. A final chapter directed at clinicians focuses on the treatment of assaultiveness and includes suggestions for working with abusive individuals, who are often difficult clients. This volume contains a wealth of very useful material, including schematic diagrams illustrating points and hypothesized relationships, clear tables, copies of measurement instruments, ten pages of references, and endnotes (rather than footnotes). Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. C. S. Widom; SUNY at Albany
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"Who says there is no progress in social science, especially in predicting who is likely to become chronically violent? Distilling 20 years of research on men who assault their female partners, Dutton has produced a seminal paradigm for understanding the origins, development, and occurrence of intimate aggressive behavior. Among only a handful of books of similar influence in the field of applied social psychology, I predict this work will guide thinking and research in this emerging area for some time to come."--Ehor Boyanowsky, PhD, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada "By far the best text on the male batterer written to date. Dutton's conceptualization of the psychology of male batterers is firmly grounded in the broader clinical psychology and psychiatric literature as well as his 20 years of extensive domestic violence research and clinical work. This book is a must read' for any clinician working with perpetrators or victims of violence. I am convinced that this book will stand the test of time and is destined to be a classic text on this issue." --Daniel Jay Sonkin, PhD, Psychotherapist, Sausalito, California, author ofLearning to Live without Violence: A Handbook for Men
"Who says there is no progress in social science, especially in predicting who is likely to become chronically violent? Distilling 20 years of research on men who assault their female partners, Dutton has produced a seminal paradigm for understanding the origins, development, and occurrence of intimate aggressive behavior. Among only a handful of books of similar influence in the field of applied social psychology, I predict this work will guide thinking and research in this emerging area for some time to come."--Ehor Boyanowsky, PhD, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada "By far the best text on the male batterer written to date. Dutton's conceptualization of the psychology of male batterers is firmly grounded in the broader clinical psychology and psychiatric literature as well as his 20 years of extensive domestic violence research and clinical work. This book is a must read' for any clinician working with perpetrators or victims of violence. I am convinced that this book will stand the test of time and is destined to be a classic text on this issue." --Daniel Jay Sonkin, PhD, Psychotherapist, Sausalito, California, author of Learning to Live without Violence: A Handbook for Men
"Perhaps the most enlightening chapter for many readers is the chapter on psychotherapy with abusive men, which serves as a brief treatment manual....This book is state-of-the-art in its information, from a man whose resume includes having been an expert witness in the O. J. Simpson case....An informed and valuable work on a subject of great current interest." -- Cleveland Psychological Association "Provides a sweeping examination of research and theory with an eye toward intervention and change....This volume contains a wealth of very useful material, including schematic diagrams illustrating points and hypothesized relationships, clear tables, copies of measurement instruments, ten pages of references, and endnotes. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals." -- Choice "Dutton makes his book interesting by telling us how his theory evolved as he conducted his research. The story about how a researcher goes about testing and refining theories is one that would be very educational for graduate and serious undergraduate students....This book will be of interest to those who study wife assault regardless of theoretical persuasion. Dutton's research is summarized well in this volume and his findings need to be accounted for in any theory." --Canadian Psychology "Promises to have a wide influence on practice and research with domestic violence perpetrators....Makes an important contribution to our understanding of domestic violence. It provides an integrative and theoretically rich perspective on the not-so-obvious psychological aspects of domestic violence perpetrators." -- Contemporary Psychology "In this comprehensive, theoretically and empirically sound book, Donald Dutton expands on the leading models of domestic abuse by focusing on the personality structure of male batterers." -- Journal of Marriage and the Family "...by far the best study of the male abuser in print. It is startling in the depth of understanding it displays of one particular type of male batterer, the puzzling man who abuses his domestic partner but appears to have no difficulty controlling his anger with others. Dutton's current understanding of the abusive personality is informed by prodigious research of his own, informed appreciation of the work of others, and a personal intellectual journey of discovery....this is an important book that can be of real value to all professionals concerned with the problem of domestic violence." -- Families In Society "The treatment chapter is an excellent demonstration of the application of the author's research findings to a group intervention for male batterers....This is a very readable book that would be useful as a text in a wide range of both undergraduate and graduate courses. Research methods, including statistical analysis, are explained very clearly and simply, and the author presents each of the study instruments in its entirety. Likewise, figures are generously employed to delineate theoretical relationships among variables....this book is an impressive contribution to our understanding of the origins, development, and occurrence of male aggression toward female intimates. The findings, grounded in the broader psychology and psychiatric literature, provide a developmental profile that should enhance prevention, intervention, and treatment efforts. In addition, this volume would seem to be an essential resource for other practitioners and policymakers interested in domestic violence, as well as those who research the topic." -- Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
"Perhaps the most enlightening chapter for many readers is the chapter on psychotherapy with abusive men, which serves as a brief treatment manual....This book is state-of-the-art in its information, from a man whose resume includes having been an expert witness in the O. J. Simpson case....An informed and valuable work on a subject of great current interest." --Cleveland Psychological Association "Provides a sweeping examination of research and theory with an eye toward intervention and change....This volume contains a wealth of very useful material, including schematic diagrams illustrating points and hypothesized relationships, clear tables, copies of measurement instruments, ten pages of references, and endnotes. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals." --Choice "Dutton makes his book interesting by telling us how his theory evolved as he conducted his research. The story about how a researcher goes about testing and refining theories is one that would be very educational for graduate and serious undergraduate students....This book will be of interest to those who study wife assault regardless of theoretical persuasion. Dutton's research is summarized well in this volume and his findings need to be accounted for in any theory." --Canadian Psychology "Promises to have a wide influence on practice and research with domestic violence perpetrators....Makes an important contribution to our understanding of domestic violence. It provides an integrative and theoretically rich perspective on the not-so-obvious psychological aspects of domestic violence perpetrators." --Contemporary Psychology "In this comprehensive, theoretically and empirically sound book, Donald Dutton expands on the leading models of domestic abuse by focusing on the personality structure of male batterers." --Journal of Marriage and the Family "...by far the best study of the male abuser in print. It is startling in the depth of understanding it displays of one particular type of male batterer, the puzzling man who abuses his domestic partner but appears to have no difficulty controlling his anger with others. Dutton's current understanding of the abusive personality is informed by prodigious research of his own, informed appreciation of the work of others, and a personal intellectual journey of discovery....this is an important book that can be of real value to all professionals concerned with the problem of domestic violence." --Families In Society "The treatment chapter is an excellent demonstration of the application of the author's research findings to a group intervention for male batterers....This is a very readable book that would be useful as a text in a wide range of both undergraduate and graduate courses. Research methods, including statistical analysis, are explained very clearly and simply, and the author presents each of the study instruments in its entirety. Likewise, figures are generously employed to delineate theoretical relationships among variables....this book is an impressive contribution to our understanding of the origins, development, and occurrence of male aggression toward female intimates. The findings, grounded in the broader psychology and psychiatric literature, provide a developmental profile that should enhance prevention, intervention, and treatment efforts. In addition, this volume would seem to be an essential resource for other practitioners and policymakers interested in domestic violence, as well as those who research the topic." --Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
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Summaries
Unpaid Annotation
Thoroughly documented, this work demonstrates that male abusiveness is more than just a learned pattern of behavior--the outgrowth of a particular personality configuration. Helping readers better understand the causes of abusiveness and the subjective experience of these men, the book has vital implications for research, prevention, and treatment.
Back Cover Copy
Now available in paperback, this book demonstrates that intimate partner abuse by men is more than just a learned pattern of behavior-it is the outgrowth of a particular personality configuration. Findings from the author's research with over 400 batterers are integrated with the literature on object relations, attachment, and psychological trauma to trace the development of the abusive personality from early childhood to adulthood. The volume concludes with a discussion of clinical outcomes and a detailed, practical overview of a 16-week group treatment program. For the paperback edition, the treatment chapter has been revised and expanded to reflect the ongoing development of the author's clinical approach. Included are new guidelines for working with borderline personality disorder and attachment disorders in the context of batterer groups.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Early Explanations
Learning of Abusiveness
The Psychology of the Cycle of Violence
The Structure of the Abusive Personality: The Data
The Primitive Origins of Rage
An Anger Born of Fear: Attachment Rage
The Sociopsychoneurobiology of Attachment
The Early Antecedents Studies
Longitudinal Development and Female Abusive Personalities
The Treatment of Assaultiveness
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