Domestic Violence and Control by Jan E. Stets Ph.D. (auth.)

By Jan E. Stets Ph.D. (auth.)

Domestic Violence and Control offers very important longitudinal information on violent relationships and addresses the matter of violence from the viewpoint of either the wrongdoer and the sufferer. the difficulty of regulate emerges as a principal subject. regulate performs a keyrole, to start with, in organizing the victim's techniques in regards to the batterer, and, secondly, in instances of repeated acts of violence over a size of time. The examine indicates acts of violence to be either "impulsive" and "instrumental" and thereby refutes competing reasons within the literature that violence is both "impulsive" or "instrumental."

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She pulled away from him and then ran into the kitchen. He followed her and started breaking glasses and dishes all over the kitchen. Kathy then ran into her bedroom and locked the door. In February, Kathy decided to end things with Ronald. She felt that the relationship could not continue due to the frequent verbal fights and acts of violence. She started dating other men but continued to live in the same house with Ronald. However, she and a male friend (who also lived in the 26 3. Participants house) decided that they would look for another place together.

COUPLE 4: MIKE AND KAY Mike was 29 years old and white; he grew up in Georgia. Mike attended college for two years. In the fall of 1984, he entered a two-year technical school to study computer electronics. To date, he has not returned to school to complete the degree. He has worked in several fast-food establishments and department stores for the past 8 years. Three months prior to our initial interview, he began working two jobs. In our last interview, he indicated that he had been promoted in his department store job and was going to be receiving a full-time position.

Ronald got angry during the discussion and hit her. For the first time, Kathy hit him back. She said that there were two reasons for her reaction. First, she had been taking judo at the time and had been learning how to defend herself. Second, she was beginning to feel that it was unfair that Ronald could get away with hurting her without her being able to hurt him in response. After she hit him, she immediately ran to her bedroom and cried. He came in SOOn afterwards, and they started fighting again.

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