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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Daly, Kathryn L.
Author's Email Address kdaly@vt.edu
URN etd-09132004-075431
Title A Description of the Change Processes Experienced by Female Victims of Intimate Partner Violence when They and Their Male Partners End the Violence and Maintain Their Relationships
Degree Master of Science
Department Marriage and Family Therapy
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Rosen, Karen H. Committee Chair
McCollum, Eric E. Committee Member
Stith, Sandra M. Committee Member
  • Modified Analytic Induction
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Change Processes
  • Relational Change
Date of Defense 2004-09-01
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe the processes of change for female victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) who successfully completed a domestic-violence focused couples treatment (DVFCT) program with their male partners. Enhancing our understanding of the change processes for women who choose to remain in their relationships helps therapists develop more effective IPV treatment models when both partners are involved in treatment. While a goal of DVFC treatment is to end the violence, this study highlights the changes women victims made and how they evolved throughout the treatment process. This study describes those changes in order to develop targeted interventions to bring these changes about more purposefully. Two women were selected from a pool of 30 women who successfully participated in a 12 session DVFC treatment program.

Videotapes of 12 couples therapy sessions were analyzed using modified analytic induction (Manning, 1991). The Transtheoretical Model (TTM) (Prochaska & DiClemente, 1982, 1984) processes of change guided the analysis. Using modified analytic induction, we described participantsí changes in attitudes and behaviors and the identifiable markers of these changes. Findings highlight a relational change process between spouses.

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