Report of The American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Violence And The Family
ISSUES AND DILEMMAS IN FAMILY VIOLENCE
Psychology provides a unique perspective for understanding and stopping
family abuse and violence, and the APA joins a host of other professional groups
expressing grave concerns about the magnitude and the effects of family violence.
Violence at home is linked to violence in other settings, and for individual victims
it is strongly correlated with a number of serious short-term and long-term health
and mental health problems.
The knowledge base about violence and the family has expanded rapidly in
recent years. Nonetheless, in this area of study and practice, many recurring
issues and dilemmas arise that blend concepts not only from research findings, but
also from clinical reports, service delivery systems, value orientations, cultural
traditions, and human experience. A few of those complicated issues and
dilemmas are briefly outlined here. The APA Presidential Task Force on Violence
and the Family encourages readers to participate with colleagues from many
disciplines in discussion, debate, and study of the problems posed by these issues
and dilemmas, and to work thoughtfully toward solutions to the problems.
Clearly, the solutions must take into account scientific evidence, clinical
experience, genuine concern for human welfare, and substantial wisdom in
balancing conflicting interests and viewpoints.
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