Comprehensive evaluation: A holistic approach to evaluating domestic violence offender programmes

Bowen, Erica and Gilchrist, Elizabeth (2004) Comprehensive evaluation: A holistic approach to evaluating domestic violence offender programmes. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 48 (2). pp. 215-234. ISSN 0306-624X . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This article argues that the focus on behavioural outcomes in evaluations of domestic violence offender programmes has been too narrow, and that a more holistic approach incorporating investigation of the psychological characteristics of offenders and treatment characteristics may be required to determine what works, for whom, and under what circumstances. To this end, one interpretation of a comprehensive evaluation framework is outlined. The article hypothesises the insights to be gained by assessing the contribution of several potential mediating variables of the treatment process in the evaluation of these programmes. These variables are the heterogeneity of treatment targets in the target population; motivation to change; programme integrity variables; and therapeutic factors. The article concludes that only by implementing theoretically informed, multifaceted evaluations will we move closer to understanding the process of successful rehabilitation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: batterer programme evaluation; spouse abuse; evaluation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Ros Beeching
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2008 14:50
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2014 11:12
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4142 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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