PSY 333V • Family Violence
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
This course provides an overview to the problem of family violence, with an emphasis on psychological issues. We will study maltreatment across the lifespan but focus on child maltreatment (physical & sexual abuse, neglect, psychological maltreatment) and marital violence, along with related topics (i.e., children exposed to marital violence.) Psychological issues concerning survivors (such as why they are affected in certain ways) as well as perpetrators (why do they do it) will be examined. Some attention will be devoted to historical and cross-cultural maltreatment of women and children, competing theories of maltreatment, methodological issues, and possible legal and social solutions. A variety of controversial issues will be examined, including: whether physical punishment of children should be considered abusive; whether abuse can be beneficial for some children; why women appear to be as interpersonally violent as men; and whether battered women are justified in killing their abusive partner.
Exams: 2 midterms 25% each Final exam 20% Paper: 2 short papers (2 page) paper 30%
D.K. Gosselin (2003). Heavy hands: An introduction to the crimes of family violence (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall & supplemental readings