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CT with Violent Couples
Jim Pretzer · 7/18/98 at 9:55 PM ET
I'm not aware of treatment manuals or clinician's guides focusing specifically on domestic violence. Some volumes on CT with couples touch briefly on dealing with marital violence without going into it in much detail. For example:
- Dattilio, F.M. & Padesky, C.A. (1990). Cognitive Therapy with Couples. Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Exchange.
- Beck, A.T. (1988). Love is Never Enough. New York: Harper & Row.
The most promising reference I found which focuses specifically on marital violence is:
- Holtzworth-Munroe, A., Markman, H., O'Leary, K. D., Neidig, P., et al. (1995). The need for marital violence prevention efforts: A behavioral-cognitive secondary prevention program for engaged and newly married couples. Applied & Preventive Psychology, 4, 77-88. Abstract Proposes a model for the prevention of marital violence (MV). Research indicating that prevention efforts are needed for MV is summarized. A rationale is presented for a prevention approach derived from a behavioral-cognitive (BC), social learning perspective. A new BC secondary prevention program designed for engaged and newly married couples at risk for MV is described. Data are presented that demonstrate that physical aggression is often introduced early in a relationship and is likely to continue without intervention. Prevention is a potentially important means of reducing and eliminating MV. BC models of MV and the supporting empirical data are reviewed. A new BC program designed to stop MV is described: Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program/Stop Anger and Violence Escalation.
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