The Causes of Interconnection

  • Sherry HambyEmail author
  • John Grych
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Sociology book series (BRIEFSSOCY)


A wide range of conceptual models has been developed to explain the origins of various forms of interpersonal violence. Most focus on a single type of violence, but there is considerable consistency in the risk factors and etiological processes they describe. This consistency indicates that most poly-victimization and poly-perpetration emerges from similar conditions of vulnerability and risk, and suggests that one reason that different forms of violence co-occur is because they share common causal mechanisms. Perhaps the most prominent risk factor identified across diverse types of violence is prior exposure to violence; thus, a second source of interconnection is that many of the mechanisms hypothesized to give rise to violence are themselves sequelae of experiences with abuse, maltreatment, and aggression. In this chapter, we highlight common processes identified in etiological models of different forms of violence to illustrate how theoretical integration could advance understanding of violence that occurs in multiple contexts and relationships.


Intimate Partner Violence Aggressive Behavior Violent Behavior Situational Factor Reactive Aggression 
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologySewanee, The University of the SouthSewaneeUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyMarquette UniversityMilwaukeeUSA

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