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NCJ Number: NCJ 241267     Find in a Library
Title: Clinician Ratings of Batterer Treatment Behaviors in Predicting Reassault
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Author(s): Edward W. Gondolf ; Haran Wernik
  Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:24  Issue:11  Dated:November 2009  Pages:1792 to 1815
Date Published: 11/2009
Page Count: 24
  Annotation: This article examines the use of clinicians' ratings of treatment behaviors of batterer program participants in predicting reassault.
Abstract: This article examines the use of clinicians’ ratings of batterer program participants to predict their reassaults during a 6-month posttreatment follow-up and a longer and more inclusive postintake follow-up period (n = 380). The ratings consist of 10 items that reflect the behavioral criteria used by clinicians in making judgment about treatment success. Logistic regressions and ROC analyses show that the sums of the clinician ratings are significant but weak predictors of especially severe reassaults in the longer postintake follow-up. Analyses of the individual items and the determinants of the ratings reveal attendance compliance and avoidance techniques to be the strongest predictors and suggest that participant motivation, represented by these items, underlies the ratings. The overall weak prediction, however, reinforces the limitations of clinical ratings and the need to augment them with additional information. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
Main Term(s): Abusing spouses
Index Term(s): Threat assessment ; Victims of violence ; Spouse abuse treatment programs ; NIJ grant-related documents ; Violence prediction
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

Ctr's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
United States of America
Grant Number: 98-WT- VX-0014; R49/CCR310525-01-06
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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