An exploration of the stages of change model in a group treatment program for male batterers
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the adequacy of the Stages of Change model in a group therapy treatment program for male batterers. The sample consisted of three groups with a total sample size of 22 participants. Data for this study were obtained by administering the Safe at Home Instrument and the Group Climate Questionnaire Short Form. Results indicated the Safe at Home Instrument had limited clinical utility with involuntary male batterers. Independent of scoring method used, the majority of participants reached the action stage early in group treatment. Because the action stage is the highest stage attainable in this study, further growth was not measurable. The lack of variability in participants scores on the Safe at Home Instrument limits its clinical usefulness. Results from the Group Climate Questionnaire Short Form indicate the groups did not progress according to a popular group development theory (MacKenzie & Livesley, 1983). The groups appear to enter the differentiation stage but do not successfully master the developmental issues needed to progress through the subsequent stages. The results from both instruments indicate that treatment groups with involuntary, male batterers did not progress as expected. Recommendations for future research and clinical practice are discussed.
SubjectStages of Change
Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change
Safe at Home Instrument
Group Climate Questionnaire - Short Form
Wells, Robert Davis (2004). An exploration of the stages of change model in a group treatment program for male batterers. Doctoral dissertation, Texas A&M University. Texas A&M University. Available electronically from