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Clarity in the interpretation of events. Those interpretations guide our answers and actions to questions like: Does it count? What does it mean to me? What do I do about it? Terms to Define: Conflicts of Interest Conflict Management Hostility Coercion/Aggression Assertiveness Violence Conflicts of Interest: People living in any social group strive to live their lives according to their own personal agendas that inevitably differ. Individual and collective interests are often incompatible, with the realization of one impinging on the realization of another. Conflict Management: Strategies and actions carried out in response to conflicts of interest. These are the means use by people in an attempt to advance their own interests in the context of competing or divergent interests. Hostility: Feelings of dislike, antipathy, or anger resulting from unresolved or repressed conflicts of interest. Stifled attempts to do something about conflicts of interest means that people are prevented from achieving ends that are important to them. Hostility can spring from this frustration. Coercion and Aggression: The use or threat of force with the intent or with the perceived intent of advancing individual or collective interests. Cultural or material deprivation, as well as psychological or physical damage is possible, but not necessary. Assertiveness: Nonforceful attempts to pursue individual or collective interests without the intent of doing harm to others (e.g., standing up for one's rights). Violence: Threats or acts of physical force carried out with the intent or with the perceived intent of physically or psychologically harming another individual or group. Violence is not an either/or concept. It refers to a continuum of actions that vary according to a number of dimensions. Dimensions of Violence: Seriousness the potential or actual harm done or the moral impropriety of actions. Legitimacy whether actions are or are not approved or required in specific social settings. Instrumental or Expressive Nature of Violence whether actions are a means to and end or an end in themselves. Proactive versus Reactive Violence Direct versus Indirect Violence Organizing the Variety of Terms
Violence Physical Abuse Sexual Abuse Wife Abuse Spouse Abuse Partner Abuse Battering Child Abuse Elder Abuse CoercionAggression Maltreatment Psychological Abuse Emotional Abuse Abandonment & Neglect Financial Exploitation Intimacy is a Variable:
Human relationships vary in their closeness and privacy. Closeness Privacy Low
Low Medium High Medium High Stranger Acquaintance Null Acquaintance Friend Best Friend Null Best Friend Family Types of Intimate Relationships Legally married, current or former Cohabiting, current or former Related by blood or marital ties Share a child in common Types of Intimate Relationships Pregnant woman and father Dating or engagement relationship Biological or stepchildren Biological or stepparents Features of Intimate Relationships Time together or time at risk Broad range of activities and interests Intensity of reactions Right to influence Ascribed roles (age and gender) and involuntary membership Features of Intimate Relationships Privacy Stress due to changing circumstances Normative beliefs that those who love you can hurt you Vulnerable identities Conflicts of Interest Conflict Management Effective NotEffective Stability, Coercion, Peace Violence ...
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- Spring '09
- Interpersonal relationship, Psychological abuse