An Integrated Feminist/Cognitive-Behavioral and Psychodynamic Group Treatment Model for Men Who Abuse Their Partners

David M. Lawson, Thomas E. Dawson, Kevin M. Kieffer, Lissette M. Perez, Jana Burke, Frederick J. Kier

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This article describes an integrated treatment approach for partner abusers and presents pilot study results. The authors based their treatment model primarily on battering explanations drawn from social learning theory, feminist theory, and psychodynamic theory. The focus of treatment is to address the overt and identifiable links to battering with feminist/cognitive-behavioral interventions and the less discrete, early maladaptive relational models with psychodynamic therapy. Specific examples and explanations are provided to illustrate the integration process. Results of the 15-week pilot treatment program indicated that men who completed the program (n = 21) reported a reduction in physical and psychological aggression toward their partners. Interviews with a small number of partners (n = 13) indicated reduction or elimination of battering 12-24 months following completion of treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-99
Number of pages14
JournalPsychology of Men and Masculinity
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 1 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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