Perceptions of program effectiveness: an evaluation of a domestic violence treatment program

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Perceptions of program effectiveness: an evaluation of a domestic violence treatment program

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dc.contributor.advisor Hodge, Jessica P. en
dc.contributor.author Harrah, Bryana Marie
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-25T19:13:41Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-25T19:13:41Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-25
dc.date.submitted 2012 Spring en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/14058
dc.description Title from PDF of title page, viewed on April 25, 2012 en
dc.description Thesis advisor: Jessica Hodge en
dc.description Vita en
dc.description Includes bibliographic references (p. 121-124) en
dc.description Thesis (M.S.)--Dept. of Criminal Justice and Criminology. University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2012 en
dc.description.abstract Domestic violence intervention was created to essentially to stop intimate partner violence through cognitive behavioral therapy. One of the programs that has been at the forefront of domestic violence prevention is the Duluth Model. The purpose of this study was to examine the perspectives of court-ordered domestic violence offenders while they were attending a domestic violence intervention program at a Midwestern privately-owned probation agency. Additionally, the administrators of the program were interviewed to gain insight into the facilitation of the Duluth Model. A semi-structured interview was used to gather the participants' perceptions of the program. This approach revealed candid viewpoints on the strengths and weaknesses of the program, curriculum, and the probation agency. Offender participants believed that the facilitators were generally effective, although at times they failed to control the class discussions. Administrator participants viewed the program as an effective tool for teaching non-violent behavior, but only if the offenders are willing to learn and engage in the course. Both offenders and administrators recognized that the business aspect of the privately-owned probation agency limited how resourceful the company could be to its clients. The data generally indicated that the program was helping the offenders change their behavior, but some of the interviews revealed otherwise. Although some offenders admitted they were wrong, and spoke about how they were actively using the lessons they learned from the Duluth Model, they still continued to justify their actions. This suggests that some offenders were not motivated to change which demonstrates the need to improve offender motivation in order to improve the effectiveness of the program. More specific strengths and weaknesses of the program are discussed, and policy implications are offered. en_US
dc.description.tableofcontents Introduction -- Review of literature -- Methodology -- Results -- Discussion -- Appendix A. Offender interview guide -- Appendix B. Administrator interview guide -- Appendix C. Administrator and offender consent forms -- Appendix D. Coding sheet -- Appendix E. Offender coding notes -- Appendix F. Administrator coding notes en
dc.format.extent x, 125 pages en
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Kansas City en
dc.subject.lcsh Family violence -- Prevention en
dc.subject.lcsh Family violence -- Treatment en
dc.subject.lcsh Cognitive therapy en
dc.subject.other Thesis -- University of Missouri--Kansas City -- Criminal justice and criminology en
dc.title Perceptions of program effectiveness: an evaluation of a domestic violence treatment program en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Criminal Justice and Criminology en
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Kansas City en
thesis.degree.name M.S. en
thesis.degree.level Masters en


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