Different strokes for different blokes? do domestic abuse perpetrator type-groups respond differently to motivational interviewing-based treatment programmes?”

Young, Nicholas (2015) Different strokes for different blokes? do domestic abuse perpetrator type-groups respond differently to motivational interviewing-based treatment programmes?”. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The study explored differences in responses to Motivational Interviewing (MI) between three different perpetrator type-groups. The study examined a sample of male perpetrators of domestic abuse who had attended a Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme (DAPP) which uses MI to address ambivalence and develop intrinsic motivation to change. Quantitative data was drawn from a sample of 45 men using seven measures related to their progress across the first five sessions of the DAPP. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a sample of nine men from the three type-groups to provide qualitative data to augment the findings of the quantitative data. The study found MI to be effective in increasing perpetrator’s confidence and motivation to change across all three type-groups. Qualitative data also demonstrated how MI helps establish a therapeutic alliance and enhances the ability of perpetrators from different type-groups to disclose and take responsibility for abusive behaviour. Overall, the study found very little difference in responses to MI between perpetrator types. The quantitative data highlighted small, but statistically significant, differences between type-groups in terms of confidence to change in the early sessions of the DAPPS. There were also some pre-programme attitudinal nuances between type-groups detected in the qualitative data. However, the study provided evidence that MI serves to neutralise these differences, meaning MI should be used with perpetrators from all type-groups in DAPPs.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2016 12:51
    Last Modified: 18 Mar 2016 12:51
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/20303

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