By William Kane, Richelle, Ph.D. Rennegarbe, Mark J., Ph.D. Kittleson, John Haley, Wendy Stein
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The inequality of power sharing was more important than who held the power. Stress theory claims that changes in family structure cause stress that leads to conflict. Such changes include marriage, the arrival of children, retirement, and aging. The 1986 article “The Application of Stress Theory to the Study of Family Violence” claims that American families are not well equipped to deal with the many stressors that they encounter. As more sources of stress accumulate, the family has a particularly difficult time coping in nonviolent ways.
The Violence and Addiction Equation: Theoretical and Clinical Issues in Substance Abuse and Relationship Violence. New York: Brunner-Routledge, 2001. ■ BULLYING Bullying involves repeated and systematic attacks by a more powerful person or group on a less powerful one. Bullying includes a wide range of actions, including physical violence, name-calling and insults, teasing, humiliation, verbal or written threats, and extortion (intimidating someone to get money or other valuables from them). To be considered a bully, these behaviors must occur more than once and must be intended to frighten the victim.
For example, they ignore the role of emotions such as anger and frustration in producing abuse. In addition, they assume that violence is learned and outline principles involved in that learning. However, those same principles could be applied to learning to control violence. However, no sociological theories have explored that aspect of social learning. Finally, much of the data to support such theories comes from the recollection of victims or abusers long after the abuse has occurred. Thus, the information on which the theories are based may be inaccurate or unreliable.