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Evaluation of the Treatment Program

Mo Yee Lee, John Sebold and Adriana Uken

in Solution-Focused Treatment of Domestic Violence Offenders

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195146776
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864805 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146776.003.0010
 Evaluation of the Treatment Program

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This chapter describes the outcome study of the program, which was a one-group pre- and post-test design with a six-month follow-up to evaluate the effectiveness of a solution-focused group treatment program for ninety domestic violence offenders who were court-ordered to receive treatment. Findings of the outcome study indicated a recidivism rate of 16.7 percent of program participants as based on official records over a six-year period. There was a significant improvement in participants' relational skills in intimate relationships as evaluated by their spouses/partners and a significant increase in their self-esteem based on self-reports. In addition, content analysis was used to understand program participants' and their spouses' perception of their experience of the treatment program. Respondents' narratives described helpful and unhelpful treatment components, beneficial therapeutic and relational behaviors of facilitators that contribute to positive changes in offenders, and learning generated from attending the treatment program. The chapter also discusses implications for treatment and research with domestic violence offenders.

Keywords: outcome evaluation; recidivism; participants' narratives; helpful treatment components

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