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NCJ Number: 121811 Find in a Library
Title: Counseling Male Spouse Abusers: Characteristics of Treatment Completers and Dropouts
Journal: Violence and Victims  Volume:4  Issue:4  Dated:(Winter 1989)  Pages:275-286
Author(s): L K Hamberger; J E Hastings
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 12
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines differential demographic and personality characteristics of completers (n=88) and dropouts (n=68) from a spouse abuse abatement counseling program.
Abstract: Chi-square analyses on categorical data and multivariate analyses of variance on personality test data revealed several predicted findings. In general, treatment dropouts were younger and had lower employment levels than treatment completers. Dropouts also had higher pretreatment levels of police contact than completers for alcohol- and drug-related offenses, as well as miscellaneous offenses, but not for violent offenses. Personality data indicated greater borderline and schizoidal tendencies among dropouts, compared to completers, as measured by the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI). Moreover, completers evidenced lower levels of overall psychopathology than dropouts. Discriminant function analyses correctly predicted 71 percent of dropouts with the following variables: volunteer status, race, employment, MCMI-Alcohol scale, and pretreatment miscellaneous criminal offenses. The results of the present study are discussed in terms of victim safety planning and program policy implications. 4 tables, 27 references. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Family counseling; Spouse abuse causes
Index Term(s): Abusing spouses; Demographic analysis of crime; Personality assessment
Note: Based on a paper presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, New York, New York, August 29, 1987.
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