Intimate Violence Across the Lifespan: Interpersonal, Familial, and Cross-Generational Perspectives - The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality (Paperback)Tova Band-Winterstein (author)
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Evidence pertaining to continual violence throughout the life cycle coupled with the experience of growing old in a life permeated by intimate violence is scarce. And the focus is usually on the victims usually, the older, battered women and seldom on their aging partners or adult children who were part and parcel of the violent dynamics in the family system. With the increase in longevity and the older population's subsequent growth in size, the number of elderly couples living and aging in long-lasting conflictive relationships is on the rise.
The relatively intense preoccupation with elder abuse in the gerontological literature in recent years has not specifically addressed long-term intimate violence among the old adults and its lasting consequences. Similarly, the literature on intimate intergenerational relationships in old age has usually focused on normative exchanges between partners and their extended family, including their adult children. Therefore, conflictive relationships, and particularly violent ones, have also fallen outside the scope of this body of research. This volume describes and analyzes the various perspectives of family members concerning life, and particularly old age, in the shadow of long-term intimate violence. It explores how people make sense out of living and aging in violence, how interpersonal, familial and cross-generational relationships are perceived and reconstructed and how "we-ness" is achieved, if at all, in such families.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 137
Weight: 2409 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 8 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 201
"This book explores domestic abuse across the lifespan and how the aging process impacts these relationships. It also looks at interventions that can be useful to elderly individuals. ... This book explains the important issues for family members and discusses intervention strategies focusing on finding meaning in these relationships. This is an important book for clinicians who treat families and intimate partner relationships." (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody's Book Reviews, May, 2015)
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