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ERIC Number: ED358400
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Short Term Group Counseling for Abusers: One Impact Study.
Baldwin, Cynthia; And Others
This article focuses on group counseling as a re-education and training effort for people who are abusive and violent. The analysis presented examines the effectiveness of one approach to this problem, in which a group format was adopted, fourteen 8-week group sessions were conducted, and a post-group survey was given to participants to obtain their perceptions of change. The article begins with a literature review focused primarily on group intervention strategies for working with abusers. Four group approaches (feminist, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, and integrative) are briefly summarized and related to group work. Following this review, the Domestic Violence Program is described, including a curriculum outline, a discussion of the group counseling format, and a description of the post-treatment survey. Results from the survey are reported and it is concluded that the program design and group format were successful for a majority of the participants. It is noted that relaxation, communication, "leaving the scene" (positive withdrawal), or using awareness and preventive techniques appeared to help participants exercise control over themselves. Suggestions for future research with the abuser population are offered. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A