The Ecology of Domestic Aggression toward Adult Victims

  • Alan Rosenbaum
  • Paul Cohen
  • Barbara Forsstrom-Cohen


Whether or not human beings are inherently aggressive, as some have asserted (Lorenz, 1966), it appears that we are most likely to behave aggressively in our intimate social relationships. Almost one-fourth of all murders occur between relatives, most often involving spouses killing one another (Straus, 1986). Child abuse, spouse abuse, and elder abuse have each become substantial problems in their own right. Date rape and courtship violence occur with distressing frequency. Violence between homosexual couples also has been documented in the literature. No type of interpersonal relationship seems to be immune. Familiarity may breed contempt, but intimacy apparently begets aggression.


Domestic Violence Child Abuse Physical Aggression Family Violence Marital Satisfaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Rosenbaum
    • 1
  • Paul Cohen
    • 2
  • Barbara Forsstrom-Cohen
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Massachusetts Medical CenterWorcesterUSA
  2. 2.Hutchings Psychiatric CenterSyracuseUSA
  3. 3.Syracuse Public SchoolsSyracuseUSA

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