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Working with Violent Families
A Guide for Clinical and Legal Practitioners


July 1987 | 442 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Written for practitioners by practitioners, this timely, insightful volume examines, in depth, all four major forms of family violence: child abuse, child sexual abuse, conjugal violence, and elder abuse. It is designed to inform practitioners and students preparing for practice what to do when identification and assessment have confirmed that individual or family victimization has occurred. A unique feature of this volume is that a practitioner may return to the work time and again to delve into research which directly affects a particular type of family violence or a particular member of that family system. And, while the volume emphasizes more distinctive aspects of family violence, it also addresses the common problems confronting those who work with the poor, the hostile and resistant, and the minority family. The survey nature and applied focus of this volume makes it appropriate not only for professionals, but also for advanced students in family studies, psychology, social work, sociology, law, criminal justice, nursing, and medicine. "This text presents for the clinician and legal practitioner an extensive view of abuse and violence in the family. The well-organized format is a particular strength of this book. Included are eight appendices that organize the references by topic area, making this text an exceptional resource guide for anyone interested in understanding violent families. " . . .offers the practitioner an excellent resource and overview in the areas of family violence, with a clear style of presentation that makes it very readable and an organizational structure that allows quick access to any topic area in the book." --Erik Sorensen, University of Florida "An excellent resource for students, professionals and the novice who wants more information on the legal aspects and clinical changes in the area of family violence. It is recommended as a source for anyone who is interested in having an overall view of this field and insight into its future directions." --Family Violence Bulletin "The clinician, especially one who is not already a specialist on abuse, will find this book a good source of clinical insight into members of these families. It offers much for therapists in terms of professional approach and stance, assessment and diagnosis, and treatment modalities and interventions." --Affilia "Practitioners who have generic practices, instructors who teach about various kinds of family violence, and scholars who build on the author's efforts to find links among acts of family violence will welcome this effort. This ambitious book by a psychologist and an attorney is an important addition to the family-violence field. It helps redress shortcomings in the field. Especially striking is that despite the fact that most interventions continue to be designed to alter individual and family characteristics, the social environment is a much more significant correlate of violence than are individual or family traits." --Social Casework "An impressive and admirable book. . . . The Boltons' book is a piece of well organized scholarship which offers a kind of contemporary state of the art view of the field. . . . Practitioners at all levels will find the book useful." --Journal of Family Psychotherapy "The book's strongest discussions and applications lie in the rich description provided of violent families and of the best methods for treating these cases. Clinicians new to the family violence field will find in the book a very useful resource for improving their abilities to work effectively with clients. Of particular use for both clinicians and attorneys is the books' reference guide, which identifies particular citations for the key topics discussed in the text. The book is an excellent summary of the manner in which the clinical and legal worlds deal with family violence." --Contemporary Sociology "A practical reference on violent families that gathers the latest thinking, research, and practice of thousands of legal, clinical, and academic professionals into one volume. An excellent resource for the novice and expert that addresses every aspect of family-related violence." --American Correctional Association

 
PART ONE: THE VIOLENT FAMILY - AN INTRODUCTION
 
Unkept Promises of Family Violence Research and Practice
 
Getting To Know You
Fundamentals About the Family  
 
PART TWO: CAPTURING THE CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTS
 
Critical Issues in the Violent Family's Social Environment
 
The Psychological Environment of the Violent Family
 
PART THREE: VIOLENT FAMILY PERSONALITIES AND PROCESSES
 
The Family Violence Victim
Common Points of Practitioner Study and Intervention  
 
The Perpetrator in the Violent Family
 
`Special People' in the Violent Family
 
The Family Violence Process
 
PART FOUR: CAPTURING THE FAMILY VIOLENCE PRACTITIONERS' ENVIRONMENT I: LEGAL WORK AND THE VIOLENT FAMILY
 
The Legal Environment of Physical Child Maltreatment
 
The Legal Environment of the Child Sexual Abuse Situation
 
The Legal Environment of Conjugal Violence
 
Mistreatment of the Elderly
Disproportion in Knowledge and Response  
 
PART FIVE: CAPTURING THE FAMILY VIOLENCE PRACTITIONERS' ENVIRONMENT II: CLINICAL WORK AND THE VIOLENT FAMILY
 
The Clinician and the Violent Family
Basic Skills  
 
Therapies and the Violent Family
 
Professional Assessment of the Violent Family
 
PART SIX: CAPTURING THE FAMILY VIOLENCE PRACTITIONERS' ENVIRONMENT III: SPECIAL ISSUES IN WORKING WITH THE VIOLENT FAMILY: ATTORNEY AND CLINICIAN
 
Special Issues in Working with the Violent Family

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