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ERIC Number: ED568269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 114
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3038-3720-3
A Retrospective Program Evaluation of a Domestic Violence Curriculum
Chakaryan, Hasmik
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Toledo
Domestic Violence (DV) continues to be a worldwide public health problem. Research in the area indicates that domestic violence has damaging, long-term serious mental, emotional, as well as physiological consequences both for the partners of the perpetrators and for their children. Even though various programs focused on treatments of the damaging effects of domestic violence exist, research on domestic violence treatment, interventions, and program evaluations is extremely scarce. The practice of program evaluation is fairly new to the social and behavioral sciences, and thus it has many flaws requiring immediate attention by researchers. Program evaluation is particularly challenging in the counseling profession due to financial constraints for most community-based agencies. Program evaluation has historically been a time-consuming and complex procedure which has caused counselors to avoid it. The program evaluated in this study directed its services to court-referred female domestic violence victims and delivered its self-designed curriculum. The primary goal of the program was to increase victims' awareness about domestic violence in order for them to provide safety for their children. Thus, the curriculum taught the women basic knowledge on domestic violence, as well as how it affects children and how they can maintain safety. The staff administered pre- and post-program questionnaires which were created by the staff. No evaluations studies had been employed prior to this research. The researcher coded the historic data from the agency, which was collected by the staff over years 2010 to 2013, and examined the data using a paired-samples t-test. The results of this statistical analysis revealed that participants overall scores on their post-program questionnaires significantly improved upon completion of the program. The researcher also found that participants' level of ability to define and identify types of domestic violence and ways they can keep themselves and their children also had statistically significant difference between their pre- and post-program questionnaire scores. The researcher identified several limitations of the study as well as illustrated several areas in which the program can employ improvements. The study includes a list of recommendations for community-based agencies and counseling centers as to how they can best prepare for program evaluation and conduct their own outcome studies that are time- and cost-efficient. The last chapter of this study includes implications and suggestions for future research. Appendices are available at the end of this paper to guide researchers and practitioners in future outcome studies. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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