January 1, 2008

Intriguing new book: Psychology of women's violence

The second edition of Anna Motz's Psychology of Female Violence: Crimes Against the Body is now available for download as an ebook. The print version is forthcoming from Taylor & Francis. From the book's description:
What are the causes of violence in women? What can be done to help these women and their victims? Why does society deny the fact of female violence? This book explores the nature and causes of female violence from the perspectives of psychodynamic theory and forensic psychology. This fully updated and expanded second edition explores developments in research and services for violent women. The Psychology of Female Violence will be valuable to trainees and practitioners working in the fields of clinical and forensic psychology, women's studies, sociology, psychiatric nursing, social work, probation, counselling, psychoanalysis, the criminal justice system and criminology. Recent high profile cases of female violence are discussed alongside clinical material and theory.
Topics in the new edition include:
  • The Victoria ClimbiĆ© Inquiry
  • The controversy surrounding Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy
  • Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder in women
  • The impact of pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia websites
  • Clinical issues of working with women who kill
  • Designing therapeutic services for women in secure mental health settings
  • Women who sexually and physically abuse children
  • Infanticide
  • Fabricated and induced illness
  • Self Harm