The Efficacy of Treatment for Domestic Abuse

This integrative paper is an intern‘s perspective on the efficacy of treatment for domestic abuse using only group therapy compared to using group therapy in addition to one-on-one therapy. The one-on-one therapy consisted of Adlerian techniques including Early Recollections, Purpose of Behavior, Mistaken Beliefs, Genogram and Family Constellation work, Encouragement, Life Style Assessment, the Life Tasks, Birth Order, and the “I am” .., “I should be”ÔæÖ questioning. Group therapy was consistent for each person attending the domestic violence program. Similarly, each person engaging in one-on-one therapy sessions used the same Adlerian techniques. The approximate ratio of only group therapy participants versus one-on-one and group therapy was 10:3. The hypothesis of this paper is that the participants who incorporated Adlerian one-on-one therapy with the Domestic Abuse Group scored lower on the Post Domestic Violence Inventory by a greater percentage than participants who attended only Domestic Abuse Group therapy. The Domestic Abuse Inventory (DVI) measures truthfulness, alcohol, control, drugs, violence, and stress coping and is the basis for comparison. Scores ranging from low risk (0-39%) to problem area (70% or higher) are the means for the comparison. The higher the participants scored on the pre and post DVI, the more likely the participants would display problem behaviors or domestic violence in each area. When pre and post scores were compared at the conclusion of the program, scores showing the greatest movement were indicated by higher percentages. The movement may be an increase or decrease in risk as indicated in the tables.

Peg M. Riecken
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