CULTURALLY-FOCUSED BATTERER COUNSELING FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN

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Abstract:

Research Summary:

Clinicians and researchers have strongly recommended culturally-focused counseling with African-American men arrested for domestic violence. An experimental clinical trial tested the effectiveness of this approach against conventional cognitive-behavioral counseling in all-African-American groups and in racially-mixed groups (N = 501). No significant difference was found in the reassault rate reported by the men's female partners over a 12-month follow-up period (23% overall). During that period, men in the racially-mixed groups were, moreover, half as likely to be rearrested for domestic violence as the men in the culturally-focused groups. The men's level of racial identification did not significantly affect the outcomes of the counseling options. Policy Implications:

Simply adding a culturally-focused counseling group to domestic violence programs does not seem in itself to improve outcomes. In the current study, the culturally-focused counseling was an appendage to an existing agency closely linked to the criminal justice system. Culturally-focused counseling may prove to be more effective within community-based organizations tied to local services and supports.

Keywords: Batterer intervention; Court-ordered batterers; Culturally sensitive counseling; Domestic violence

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-9133.2007.00441.x

Affiliations: Mid-Atlantic Addiction Training Institute Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Publication date: May 1, 2007

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