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Violent Emotions
Shame and Rage in Marital Quarrels



August 1991 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Broken family bonds can be one of the most intense sources of conflict. This book - which provides vital insights into the dynamics of family and other forms of violence - explores the damage caused to familial and social bonds by escalating feelings of shame during marital quarrels.

Theories and research from large-scale conflict, marital dispute and communication processes are reviewed and provide a background for Retzinger's new integrative theory, which focuses on social bonds. The theory is applied to four case studies of marital quarrels in order to advance understanding of the escalation and resolution of conflict. The book includes a description of an intensive case study method for analyzing discourse and provides data which will be useful for preventative and predictive measures in early marital problems.

Mary Anne Fitzpatrick
Preface
 
PART ONE: THEORY
 
Introduction
 
Theoretical Perspectives on Conflict
 
Toward a Theory of Conflict
 
Investigating the Bonding System
A Working Concept  
 
PART TWO: CASE ANALYSES
 
Silent Impasse
 
Interminable Quarrel
 
Quarrel/Impasse Pattern
 
Repeated Escalation
 
PART THREE: THE SOCIAL BOND
 
Repairing the Bond
 
Emotional Communication and the Social Bond

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