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What Causes Men's Violence Against Women?
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What Causes Men's Violence Against Women?

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© 1999 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Carefully organized and tightly edited, this insightful book considers potential causes of men's violence against women, utilizing a variety of theoretical perspectives. It summarizes what is known about the multiple causes of men's violence against women and the importance of identifying men's risk factors in order to prevent future violence.

The editors' approach is unique but systematic. In chapter 2, the editors present a preliminary multivariate model that explains men's violence against women by identifying four content areas: macrosocietal, biological, gender role socialization, and relation factors. Within these four areas, the editors develop thirteen preliminary hypotheses about the causes of men's violence against women. In the subsequent chapters the contributing authors critique or react to specific parts of the multivariate model and address one or more of the 13 hypotheses in the presentation of their own ideas about the causes of men's violence against women. In the concluding chapter, the editors summarize the contributors' reactions to the original hypotheses by creating a revised multivariate model of risk factors for men's violence against women. The final model includes biological, socialization, psychological, psychosocial, relational, and macrosocietal factors. Furthermore, the model is explained through 13 theoretical propositions, 40 research hypotheses, and over 60 risk variables related to men's violence against women. The book closes with a discussion of men's protective, resiliency, and vulnerability factors as well as future directions for theory development, advocacy, and the prevention of violence against women.

Joseph R Biden, Jr
Foreword
 
PART ONE: BOOK CONTEXT AND CRITIQUES OF O'NEIL AND HARWAY'S MULTIVARIATE MODEL EXPLAINING MEN'S VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Michele Harway and James M O'Neil
What Causes Men to be Violent Against Women? The Unanswered and Controversial Question
James M O'Neil and Michele Harway
Preliminary Multivariate Model Explaining the Causes of Men's Violence Against Women
Amy J Marin and Nancy Felipe Russo
Feminist Perspectives on Male Violence Against Women
Critiquing O'Neil and Harway's Model  
Richard J Gelles
Male Offenders
Our Understanding from the Data  
 
PART TWO: BIOLOGICAL, NEUROANATOMICAL, HORMONAL AND EVOLUTIONARY FACTORS EXPLAINING MEN'S VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Anthony F Greene
Biological Perspectives on Violence Against Women
Louise B Silverstein
The Evolutionary Origins of Male Violence Against Women
 
PART THREE: MEN'S AND WOMEN'S GENDER-ROLE SOCIALIZATION AND GENDER-ROLE CONFLICT1 FACTORS EXPLAINING MEN'S VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
James M O'Neil and Rodney A Nadeau
Men's Gender-Role Conflict, Defense Mechanisms and Self Protective Defensive Strategies
Explaining Men's Violence Against Women from a Gender-Role Socialization Perspective  
Roberta L Nutt
Women's Gender-Role Socialization, Gender-Role Conflict and Abuse
A Review of Predisposing Factors  
 
PART FOUR: RELATIONAL AND INTERACTIONAL FACTORS EXPLAINING MEN'S VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Stephen A Anderson and Margaret C Schlossberg
Systems Perspectives on Battering
The Importance of Context and Pattern  
Sandra Rigazio-DiGilio and A Stephan Lanza
Inter-Gender Relational Dimensions of Violence Toward Women
A Co-Constructive-Developmental Perspective  
 
PART FIVE: MACROSOCIETAL, RACIAL AND CULTURAL EXPLANATIONS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Janis Sanchez-Hucles and Mary Ann Dutton
The Interaction between Societal Violence and Domestic Violence
Racial and Cultural Factors  
 
PART SIX: THEORETICAL PROPOSITIONS, REVISED MULTIVARIATE MODEL OF MEN'S RISK FACTORS, NEW HYPOTHESES AND PREVENTIVE RECOMMENDATIONS
James M O'Neil and Michele Harway
Revised Multivariate Model Explaining Men's Risk Factors for Violence Against Women
Theoretical Propositions, New Hypothoses and Proactive Recommendations  

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