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J Interpers Violence. 2011 May;26(8):1646-63. doi: 10.1177/0886260510370594. Epub 2010 May 25.

Traditional male ideology and service system involvement among drug-involved men who perpetrate intimate partner violence: a longitudinal study.

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Social Intervention Group, Columbia University School of Social Work, New York 10027, USA.


The purpose of this study is to examine the extent to which drug-involved men who perpetrate male-to-female intimate partner violence (IPV) are engaged with various formal service systems as well as whether adherence to traditional male ideologies-thought to drive perpetration of male-to-female IPV-affects help-seeking behavior. This study also seeks to redress a gap in the research literature stemming from the general reliance on batterers intervention programs to acquire samples of IPV perpetrators. A sample of 126 men receiving methadone maintenance treatment who reported perpetrating IPV against a female partner participated in this longitudinal study. A large majority (88%) of participants reported use of additional services beyond methadone treatment (e.g., medical, employment/ vocational, etc.). Using generalized linear modeling, we found that greater endorsement of traditional male ideologies significantly predicted lower subsequent service utilization overall, except for legal services, for which there was a significant positive association. These findings suggest targeted assessment and engagement strategies may be required to involve a greater number of drug-involved men who perpetrate IPV with a wider spectrum of health and social services.

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