Create a 6 pages page paper that discusses a social problem in the field of clinical psychology. Upon examining individual neurological, behavioral, and psychiatric hazard factors, he recapitulated that perpetrators of intimate partner violence were affected by either one or more of these features – neuroanatomical factors, personality disorders, chaotic or insecure attachment, neurobiological factors, developmental psychopathology, post-traumatic symptoms or cognitive distortions. Thus, he established a very core relationship between psychological variables and intimate partner violence.
Intimate partner violence constitutes not just physical and sexual violence but also entails in its ambit emotional and to some extent financial abuse, all of which leave a very severe impact on its victim. The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) approximated that in 2008, intimate partner violence comprised 22% of all violence against females and 5% of all violence against males in the country (Truman, 2011). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (Black, et al., 2011) estimates that nearly half of them (48.4%) females and (48.8%) males in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Another study by BJS (Catalano, Smith, Snyder, & Rand, 2009) states that intimate partners killed an estimate of 1,640 females and 700 males in 2007, about 14% of all the homicides in the country.
Given the serious consequences of intimate partner violence and its very close relationship with clinical psychology, the author deems it fit to select the said topic for this paper.
While thinkers of different thought processes like socio-cultural, feminist, and social learning, have come up with a variety of explanations for intimate partner violence, only psychological and psychosocial theories have been able to provide enlightenment into this area with the least amount of speculation and assumptions. .