Theories of intimate partner violence

Richard E. Heyman, Heather M. Foran, Jesse L. Wilkinson

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In this chapter, we will first provide a quick overview of the scope and impact of IPV and the controversy over how to define and measure the phenomenon of interest. We will then review the theoretical approaches that currently receive the largest attention (i.e., Feminist, Behavioral, Cognitive Behavioral, Attachment, Neurobiological, and Integrative theories) and will briefly mention other notable approaches. Finally, we will recognize limitations and make recommendations for future theoretical progress in IPV research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Family Theories
Subtitle of host publicationA Content-Based Approach
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781135118754
ISBN (Print)9780415879453
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Social Sciences


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