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Building Men's Engagement in Intimate Partner Violence Groups

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Group programs, which are generally preferred in treatment with violent partners, often have a high dropout rate. Engagement, however, can be an infl uential factor in program completion (Rondeau, Brochu, Lemire, & Brodeur, 1999) and in maintaining those aspects learned by the end of the program (Contrino, Dermen, Nochajski, Wieczorek, & Navratil, 2007). This article looks at the meaning given by men to the concept of engaging in an intimate partner violence (IPV) group. In our effort to understand engagement, this study tries to identify characteristics, which are more representative of the complexity of engaging in IPV groups. Interviews and two focus groups were conducted with men who participated in group programs in two agencies in Canada. Our qualitative analysis emphasized that engagement is not a spontaneous attitude but rather something that is constructed over time by striving to work on oneself. Limitations are discussed and implications for practice and research are explored.
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Keywords: ENGAGEMENT; GROUPS; INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE; QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2014

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