Anger control and alcohol use: Appropriate interventions for perpetrators of domestic violence?

McMurran, M. and Gilchrist, E. (2008) Anger control and alcohol use: Appropriate interventions for perpetrators of domestic violence? Psychology Crime & Law, 14 (2). pp. 107-116. ISSN 1068-316X. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This paper addresses the differences between cultural/feminist and psychological perspectives on domestic violence, with specific reference to the roles of anger and alcohol. Feminist perspectives assume patriarchal control to be at the root of domestic violence, and see anger and alcohol as excuses for abusive behaviour. Psychological approaches identify anger and alcohol as risk factors for violence in some subgroups of offenders. A risk-needs model is presented, in which a distinction is drawn between acute and stable dynamic risk factors. Both may be targets of intervention, but addressing stable dynamic risk factors is more likely to effect enduring change. A theoretical understanding is required to identify stable dynamic risk factors, and here we suggest an affective defence approach to anger-related domestic violence and a social problem solving approach to alcohol-related domestic violence. Further developments in risk assessment and treatment matching are recommended.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: domestic violence; alcohol; anger; risk-needs; assessment; treatment
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Maureen Cook
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2009 13:37
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2009 13:37
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/15525 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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