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The Abusive Personality: Violence and Control in Intimate Relationships Paperback – November 20, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-1572307926 ISBN-10: 1572307927 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (November 20, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572307927
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572307926
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,688,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Who says there is no progress in social science, especially in predicting who is likely to become chronically violent? Distilling 20 years of research on men who assault their female partners, Dutton has produced a seminal paradigm for understanding the origins, development, and occurrence of intimate aggressive behavior. Among only a handful of books of similar influence in the field of applied social psychology, I predict this work will guide thinking and research in this emerging area for some time to come."--Ehor Boyanowsky, PhD, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

"By far the best text on the male batterer written to date. Dutton's conceptualization of the psychology of male batterers is firmly grounded in the broader clinical psychology and psychiatric literature as well as his 20 years of extensive domestic violence research and clinical work. This book is a 'must read' for any clinician working with perpetrators or victims of violence. I am convinced that this book will stand the test of time and is destined to be a classic text on this issue." --Daniel Jay Sonkin, PhD, Psychotherapist, Sausalito, California, author of Learning to Live without Violence: A Handbook for Men

About the Author

Donald G. Dutton, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. His previous books include The Domestic Assault of Women and The Batterer. Dr. Dutton has served as an expert witness in several prominent legal cases involving domestic abuse and spousal homicide, including the O. J. Simpson case.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By "merbeth" on November 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
What an excellent book! It goes step by step into what leads up to an abusive personality. I was also impressed by his mentioning that a battering relationship is like a hostage relationship, and the dynamics of that. I learned a lot. I feel that this would be a wonderful textbook. Easy to read, simple and to the point, and a lot of information in a fairly short book
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Linda Lund on September 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The Abusive Personality is simply the best book written on domestic violence perpetrators and one of the best on the entire field of psychology. Dutton has integrated a variety of psychological perspectives (attachment theory, object relations, social learning theory, trauma reactions) into a compelling and well reasoned profile of the development and behavior of abusive men. Dutton was the Prosecution expert in the OJ Simpson trial. If you read this book, you'll wish he had taken the stand.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Josephine Thompson Author on October 22, 2004
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Learned behavior truly IS only part of the recipe for making an abuser. Attachment has been known to be crucial to social development and quality of relationships for many years (from Ainsworth and Bowlby to the present), so it is wonderful for one book to tie in the research. Wonderful asset for all counselors.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 2000
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This book has excellent qualities and well-developed research is included within. This book is excellent for domestic violence counselors and those in the criminal justice field. It is an excellent asset for any library--and it has been quite an asset for my thesis!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Dutton presents a new perspective to working with abusive personalities. As a forensic social worker, I found his ideas fresh and thought provoking.
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