The Process Leading to Partner Violence

  • Zeev Winstok
Part of the The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality book series (SSHE)


Most theories of violence indicate the factors that promote or inhibit this behavior, but provide no explanation of how this happens. The social information processing model (Crick & Dodge, 1994 Psychological Bulletin, 115, 74–101; Dodge, 1980 Child Development, 53, 620–635, 1986 Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 51(2, Serial No. 213, 1–85)), essentially a decision-making model applied mainly to the study of youth violence, provides the theoretical framework for addressing this question. This model describes the structures and sequences leading individuals to produce awareness (process) and behavior (output) based on stimuli (input). The social information processing model has a broad theoretical and empirical basis in the study of violence among youth. As such, it has the potential to promote the understanding of how a violent event begins, evolves and ends also between partners. Hence, this chapter attempts to implement, demonstrate and examine the model in the study of partner violence.


Mental Representation Partner Violence Intimate Relationship Reactive Path Reactive Aggression 
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  • Zeev Winstok
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  1. 1.University of HaifaHaifaIsrael

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