A Study of the Therapeutic Working Alliance, Client Motivation for Therapy and Subsequent Self-Reported Charges in Abusive Behavior Among a Sample of Male Batterers From the Abuse Ceases Today Program
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PhD Higher Education Leadership, Management, Policy
Education Leadership, Management and Policy
Family violence, Treatment, Abusive men
This study examined the impact of the therapeutic alliance and client motivation for therapy on program completion and changes in self-reported abusive behavior among a sample of 88 adult male domestic violence perpetrators who attended a group counseling program for male batterers. Results revealed evidence of significant differential Group change (completers vs. noncompleters) with regard to treatment outcome, as measured by decreased husband-to-wife psychological and physical aggression. In addition, Internal Motivation for Therapy and a strong Working Alliance were not significantly related to treatment completion. Level of education was not found to be a significant predictor of self-reported changes in abusive behavior (measured by the Conflict Tactics Scale- 2). Relationship status was significantly, but marginally, related to only the Negotiation subscale of the CTS-2. It may be hypothesized that there are additional factors related to changes in self-reported abusive behavior that influence program completion.
Lauretti, Jennifer M., "A Study of the Therapeutic Working Alliance, Client Motivation for Therapy and Subsequent Self-Reported Charges in Abusive Behavior Among a Sample of Male Batterers From the Abuse Ceases Today Program" (2002). Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs). 2391.