Analysis of Contributing Factors to Development of Self when Exposed to Violence

Deb Davies-Tutt


This paper outlines case studies of two men who were subjected to abuse during their childhood. Sociological and psychological theories are considered   when an individual experiences inconsistent and dysfunctional caring. The sociological elements in the development of self will be addressed and how cultural norms can impact on the balance of power within society. The history of society’s view of violence within the family is considered and the historical context in which it emerged as a social problem are compared to the abuse suffered by the subjects of the case study. The paper addresses the need for a psychosocial approach when violence disrupts the formation of self and impairs psychological development.


abuse; violence; mirroring; a psychosocial approach

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