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The Aetiology Of Repeated Serious Physical Assaults By Husbands On Wives (wife Battering).
Published 1979 · Medicine
Aetiological factors were s tudied in 100 ba t t e red wwes, who came from a wide social and educat ional s Pec t rum, with a quar te r witnessing family violence l n their chi ldhood. Nearly half had been deprived of a t least one parent before the age of 15 years, and there was an association be tween ch i ldhood unhappi n « s and adul t a t t e m p t e d suicides. Psychiatr ic symptoms were f requent ly t rea ted by general prac titioners, bu t nearly half needed fur ther psychiat r ic . e ' P A small sub-group of w o m e n had an ext ra s turbed social and sexual h is tory. Husbands requently violent while d runk ; jea lousy, imprisonn t , u n e m p l o y m e n t , promiscui ty and gambl ing were et possible aetiological factors r epor t ed in t h e men.