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NCJ Number: 114453 Find in a Library
Title: Issues in Conducting Treatment Research With Men Who Batter (From Coping With Family Violence: Research and Policy Perspectives, P 145-157, 1988, Gerald T Hotaling, et al, eds. -- See NCJ-114444)
Author(s): D G Saunders
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Efforts to conduct treatment outcome research on programs for men who batter women encounter several ethical and practical problems.
Abstract: These problems often prevent the use of an ideal research design, such as random assignment to a control group that receives no treatment. Such a design seems impossible to justify ethically, because dangerous behavior is being treatment. A comparison group design, in which men are randomly assigned to two different forms of treatment, is more ethically acceptable. However, the small number of men who enroll in treatment groups makes it difficult to have enough men in each treatment condition. In addition, when clients are referred from the criminal justice system, the use of experimental designs may be restricted. The battered woman is actually the primary client and should give informed consent before her partner takes part in an experiment. Efforts must also be made to reduce the duress factor, which can make it difficult for some victims and abusers to make decisions about participation in research projects. Providing long-term followup is another problem, particularly in terms of maintaining confidentiality. The measurement of outcomes is a further issue, involving decisions about who should report, what behavior should be measured, and whether substitute measures can be used. Future research should use multiple designs and multiple measures to permit conclusions about the effects of various treatment formats, methods, settings, and client types. 45 references.
Main Term(s): Abusing spouses
Index Term(s): Male offenders; Research design; Services effectiveness; Voluntary treatment
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