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J Consult Clin Psychol. 2015 Aug;83(4):689-95. doi: 10.1037/a0039345. Epub 2015 May 25.

Motivational enhancement mitigates the effects of problematic alcohol use on treatment compliance among partner violent offenders: Results of a randomized clinical trial.

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1
Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University.
2
Department of Psychology, University of South Florida.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Treatment programs for intimate partner violence (IPV) evidence high rates of noncompliance, which is associated with repeat offending. Problematic alcohol use is reported in approximately half of all partner violent offenders and represents a strong risk factor for treatment noncompliance. However, previous research with IPV offenders mandated to treatment has not evaluated methods to mitigate the effects of alcohol misuse on treatment compliance.

METHOD:

In the current study, 60 male IPV offenders (25 binge drinkers) were randomly assigned to a single-session brief motivational interview (BMI) or control intervention prior to treatment commencement. Treatment compliance data were collected 6 months later.

RESULTS:

Findings indicated that binge drinkers had lower treatment compliance than non-binge-drinking participants, and that binge-drinking BMI participants attended more treatment sessions and evidenced lower dropout rates than binge-drinking control participants.

CONCLUSIONS:

Findings highlight the importance of individualized treatment planning for IPV offenders in order to maximize available resources while accommodating the needs of males at greatest risk for noncompliance and continued violence.

PMID:
26009782
PMCID:
PMC4881299
DOI:
10.1037/a0039345
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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