Chapter 13. The Cognition of Domestic Abusers: Explanations, Evidence and Treatment

  1. Theresa A. Gannon DPhil, CPsychol Lecturer lead investigator1,
  2. Tony Ward PhD, DipClinPsyc Director2,
  3. Anthony R. Beech PhD, CPsychol professor Fellow3 and
  4. Dawn Fisher PhD Head Senior Research Fellow4,5
  1. Elizabeth Gilchrist Reader

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470746295.ch13

Aggressive Offenders' Cognition: Theory, Research, and Practice

Aggressive Offenders' Cognition: Theory, Research, and Practice

How to Cite

Gilchrist, E. (2007) The Cognition of Domestic Abusers: Explanations, Evidence and Treatment, in Aggressive Offenders' Cognition: Theory, Research, and Practice (eds T. A. Gannon, T. Ward, A. R. Beech and D. Fisher), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470746295.ch13

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Department of Psychology, Keynes College, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NP, UK

  2. 2

    Department of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6001, New Zealand

  3. 3

    School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK

  4. 4

    Llanarth Court Hospital, Raglan, Wales, NP15 2YD, UK

  5. 5

    University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK

Author Information

  1. Department of Psychology, Keynes College, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NP, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 14 NOV 2007

Book Series:

  1. Forensic Clinical Psychology

Book Series Editors:

  1. Clive R. Hollin6 and
  2. Mary McMurran7

Series Editor Information

  1. 6

    Henry Wellcome Building, School of Psychology, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 9HN, UK

  2. 7

    School of Community Health Sciences, Division of Psychiatry, University of Nottingham, Duncan Macmillan House, Porchester Road, Nottingham, NG3 6AA, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470034026

Online ISBN: 9780470746295

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Keywords:

  • cognition of domestic abusers - explanations, evidence and treatment;
  • specific cognitive deficits in domestic violence offenders;
  • cognitive features implicated in domestic abuse;
  • domestic violence research and inferred cognition;
  • typologies of domestic abuser;
  • feminist influence in areas of domestic violence;
  • domestically abusive men and how they talk about their abuse;
  • expectation of aggressive behaviour following alcohol consumption - best predictor of intimate partner violence;
  • Survey of Personal Beliefs (SPB);
  • early responses to domestic violence and anger management programmes

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What Cognitive Features are Implicated in Domestic Abuse?

  • General Domestic Violence Research and Inferred Cognition

  • Typologies of Domestic Abuser: Implications for Cognition

  • Do Abusive Men Hold Attitudes that Differentiate them from others? what do Questionnaires Show?

  • How do Domestically Abusive Men Talk about their Abuse? what can this tell us?

  • Do Relationship-Specific Beliefs Vary between Abusive and Nonabusive Men?

  • Experimental Studies of Cognition in Domestic Abusers

  • Do Abusive Men and Nonabusive Men Vary more on Response Decision and Enactment than Attitude and Attribution?

  • Implications for Interventions

  • Summary and Future Directions for Research

  • References