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Therapists' perceptions of severity in cases of family violence.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Violence and victims
Publication Date
Volume
6
Issue
3
Pages
225–235
Identifiers
PMID: 1818620
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

The incidence of relationship violence is a topic of increased concern (Koss, 1990). Family therapy theorists have been criticized for emphasizing shared responsibility and obscuring the seriousness of the violence (Bograd, 1989; Pressman, 1989). The current study surveyed 362 members of a national family therapy organization. Respondents were asked to conceptualize and provide interventions for one of two actual cases that involved family violence. Results indicate the therapists surveyed did not attend to the seriousness of the violence if they attended to the violence at all. Interventions frequently failed to address the crisis and the need for protection of the wife.

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