Motivational Interviewing as a Pregroup Intervention for Partner-Violent Men

Musser, P. H.,
Semiatin, J. N.,
Taft, C. T.,
Murphy, C. M.
Journal Article
Year Published: 2008
Springer Publishing Company
Violence and Victims 23(5):539-557
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

These authors investigated the effects of a pregroup motivational intervention for domestic abuse perpetrators. Men presenting for treatment at a community domestic violence agency (N=108) were assigned to receive either a two-session intake using the techniques of motivational interviewing (MI) or a structured intake (SI) control. All participants were then referred to a cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) program in groups homogeneous with respect to intake condition. Those who received MI had more constructive in-session behavior during the early phase of group CBT, greater compliance with group CBT homework assignments, higher late session therapist ratings of the working alliance, and more help seeking outside of the domestic violence program. No significant effects of intake condition were found on session attendance, self-reports of readiness to change abusive behavior, or client reports of the working alliance. Partner reports during the 6 months after group CBT revealed a marginal effectfavoring the MI condition on physical assault. Modified Author Abstract.

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