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NCJ Number: 98654 Find in a Library
Title: Spouse Abuse - A Treatment Program for Couples
Author(s): P H Neidig; D H Friedman
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 246
Sponsoring Agency: Research Press
Champaign, IL 61821
Sale Source: Research Press
2612 North Mattis Avenue
Champaign, IL 61821
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book presents a treatment program, using a skills-building format, and social learning and cognitive-restructuring principals, for use with couples involved in spouse abuse.
Abstract: The program's goals is to accomplish an immediate cessation of violence by making clients aware of their involvement in violence and by improving their self-control and problemsolving abilities. The program has been conducted in small homogeneous groups, and consists of ten 2-hour sessions. Sessions cover self-understanding and behavioral contracting; understanding violence; emotional arousal and anger control; stress inoculation and additional anger-control techniques; the relationship between stress and violence; communication principles; sources of and approaches to family conflict; jealousy, sex-role stereotyping, and marital dependency; and isolation and social support. Chapters in the book correspond to each session. These contain introductory materials, references, demonstrations and exercises for in-session use, and worksheets, handouts, and forms for use with clients. Session outlines are provided to highlight the presentation sequence. Included are 117 references.
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Behavior under stress; Domestic assault; Family counseling; Problem behavior; Social skills training; Treatment techniques; Violence
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