The Psychology of Female Violence: Crimes Against the Body
Psychology Press, 2001 - 290 pages
In "The Psychology of Female Violence" Anna Motz explores the psychology of violent and criminal women. Drawing upon psychodynamic and criminological perspectives of female offending, the link between childhood experience and adult behaviour is expounded. The book is divided into three sections focusing upon violence against the self, maternal abuse and violence against others. Some of the topics include: self-harm; anorexia nervosa; physical and sexual abuse; women who kill their children; sexual abuse ; and women who kill their violent partners. Case material is used throughout to illustrate theory. The Psychology of Female Violence will be valuable to students studying clinical psychology, women's studies, sociology, counselling, psychoanalysis and criminology as well as all practitioners involved in mental health and the criminal justice system.
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