Therapeutic environment and outcomes in a UK domestic violence perpetrator program

Erica Bowen

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    Abstract

    This study examines the extent to which variations in program delivery affect the therapeutic environment and whether the therapeutic environment is associated with psychological and behavioral outcomes in a domestic violence perpetrator program. Seventy-seven offenders and 31 probation group tutors participated. It was found that groups with longer sessions were perceived more favorably by offenders than those with shorter sessions. A positive correlation was identified between group organization and offender attendance. No association between the therapeutic environment and posttreatment alleged reoffending within an 11-month follow-up period was identified. A supportive leader style was positively associated with the extent of clinically significant change identified on a range of psychological measures. These findings suggest that profeminist programs may exert a meaningful therapeutic effect.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)198-220
    JournalSmall Group Research
    Volume41
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010

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    Keywords

    • domestic violence
    • rehabilitation
    • process
    • therapy groups

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