ERIC Number: ED258102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Group Treatment for Wife-Battering Military Personnel.
Isolation from extended family, frequent geographic relocation, living in foreign countries, prolonged separation of spouses, occupational stress, prevalent cross-cultural marriages, financial problems and dependence of the civilian spouse on the military member have been cited as pressures which could contribute to wife-battering by military personnel. Effective treatment of the abuser must be based on an understanding of contributing factors. To examine the effectiveness of command referred treatment of spouse abusing military personnel, a program for 23 American male abusers stationed on Okinawa, Japan was evaluated. Subjects participated in small, supportive treatment groups which emphasized communication, conflict resoluton, and anger management skills. Treatment effectiveness was evaluated by comparing measures of trust and intimacy, level of communication, use of communication skills, and the number of abusive incidents in the men's marital relationships prior to and following their participation in the group. The results indicated that, following group training, the men experienced a significant increase in communication quality with their spouse, in their ability to demonstrate understanding, and in other relationship skills. Comparison of the number of abusive incidents prior to and following referral revealed a significant decrease in abusive incidents following treatment. Comparison of incidents prior to treatment and during the fourth through sixth month following treatment indicated that the initial significant decrease was maintained. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (New York, NY, April 2-5, 1985).