The effectiveness of Project R.A.P.: A program for men who abuse their partners [electronic resource].

Antonelli, Christine Marie.
204 p.
Families -- Research.
Sociology -- Research.
Social service.
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Penn dissertations -- Social Work. (search)
Social Work -- Penn dissertations. (search)
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Researchers estimate that one out of four wives are severely beaten by their spouses during the course of their marriage (Pirog-Good & Stets-Kealey, 1986). Nearly one-third of female homicide victims are murdered by their boyfriends or husbands, while almost twenty percent of all murders involve family members (Martin, 1981).
Statistics such as these are devastating, yet they only account for one part of the whole picture. Physical abuse may be accompanied by verbal abuse, psychological abuse, and threats of destructive actions toward children, personal property, and pets. This constellation of destructive actions more fully represents a continuum of coercive control. The need for a better understanding of the etiology of wife abuse clearly exists. The ecosystems perspective is used in this dissertation as a conceptual framework for organizing the reported causes of wife abuse.
Several factors contributed to the focus on abused women as both victims of abuse and subjects of intervention. The women's movement in the 1970's led many clinicians and researchers to question this assumption. As a result of these trends, the focus turned to studying and attempting to change the violent behavior of men, and subsequently, came the development of interventions with them.
This study examines the effectiveness of Project R.A.P. (Reducing Abuse Program) in achieving its goals of reducing the frequency and severity of physical and psychological abuse--husband to wife violence. This study includes a descriptive and associational pre/post evaluation of factors that affect reported violence through the use of case records and the Modified Conflict Tactics Scale (pre-post version) for a total of 31 male abusers participating voluntarily in Project R.A.P., and twenty-five of their female victims via telephone, over a nine-month period.
Thesis (D.S.W. in Social Work)--School of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania, 1990.
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 52-01, Section: A, page: 0296.
Chairperson: Peter B. Vaughan.
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School code: 0175.
Vaughan, Peter B., advisor
University of Pennsylvania.
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Dissertation Abstracts International 52-01A.
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