"Mind control" and the battering of women

Teresa Ramirez Boulette, Susan M. Andersen

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Abstract

This paper describes one variation in the battering phenomenon which was initially observed among low-income women. The strategies of coercion and deception utilized by the abusive male in these relationships are described and compared with similar strategies of "mind control" utilized in more traditional "cultic" systems. The debilitating effects of these techniques on the battered female are described, as is the battering male's own separation reaction, and the probable dynamics of the men and women involved in this pathological family system. Some preliminary assessment and treatment guidelines are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-118
Number of pages10
JournalCommunity mental health journal
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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