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NCJ Number: 152592 Find in a Library
Title: Reduction of Male Abusiveness as a Result of Treatment: Reality or Myth?
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:9  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1994)  Pages:307-316
Author(s): N D Petrik; L Gildersleeve-High; J E McEllistrem; L S Subotnik
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 10
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A treatment program that emphasized shame reduction and that viewed abusiveness as a means of establishing power and control over victims was evaluated with respect to its effectiveness from the perspectives of both abused women and their male abusers.
Abstract: The participants were 26 men who had physically and verbally abused their female partners and who completed a 6-month weekly outpatient treatment program at the St. Cloud, Minn., VA Medical Center. Ten other men dropped out of the program. Ratings on the Abusive Behavior Inventory obtained before and immediately after treatment demonstrated a significant decrease in physical and psychological abuse as rated by both the abusers and their female partners. This decrease in male abusiveness was maintained 6 months and 2 years after completion of treatment for the couples who cooperated in followup. However, no decrease in male abusiveness was observed during treatment for the couples who did not cooperate in the followup. Findings suggest that the noncooperative female partners may have been afraid to rate their partners because of continued abuse. Therefore, the selective attrition of participants who did not improve is a major problem in evaluating the apparent long-term success of treatment. Tables and 5 reference (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Victim-offender relationships
Index Term(s): Abusing spouses; Battered wives; Services effectiveness; Spouse abuse treatment programs
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