Motivational interviewing as a pregroup intervention for partner-violent men

TitleMotivational interviewing as a pregroup intervention for partner-violent men
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsMusser, PH, Semiatin, JN, Taft, CT, Murphy, CM
JournalViolence and Victims
PublisherSpringer Publishing
Place PublishedUS
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0886-6708
Accession Number2009-10272-001. First Author & Affiliation: Musser, Peter H.
Keywordscognitive behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral treatment, domestic abuse perpetrators, Domestic Violence, Group Psychotherapy, intimate partner violence, motivational interviewing, partner-violent men, pregroup intervention

This study investigated the effects of a pregroup motivational intervention for domestic abuse perpetrators. Men presenting for treatment at a community domestic violence agency (N = 108) were assigned to receive either a two-session intake using the techniques of motivational interviewing (MI) or a structured intake (SI) control. All participants were then referred to a cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) program in groups homogeneous with respect to intake condition. The motivational intake led to more constructive in-session behavior during the early phase of group CBT, greater compliance with group CBT homework assignments, higher late session therapist ratings of the working alliance, and more help seeking outside of the domestic violence program. No significant effects of intake condition were found on session attendance, self-reports of readiness to change abusive behavior, or client reports of the working alliance. Partner reports of abusive behavior outcomes during the 6 months after group CBT revealed a marginal effect favoring the MI condition on physical assault. The findings suggest that motivational interviewing can increase receptivity to partner violence interventions. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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