EXPERT SYSTEM INTERVENTION--DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENDERS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2R44MH062858-02
Agency Tracking Number: MH062858
Amount: $0.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
PRO-CHANGE BEHAVIOR SYSTEMS, 2 CHAFEE RD, KINGSTON, RI, 02881
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 DEBORAH LEVESQUE
 (401) 874-4106
 LEVESQUE@ETAL.URI.EDU
Business Contact
 JANICE PROCHASKA
Phone: (401) 874-4100
Email: JANICEPRO@AOL.COM
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Male-to-female partner violence poses a major threat to the physical and emotional well being of women. Research assessing the efficacy of court-mandated domestic violence treatment programs has yielded disappointing results. A major problem with mandated treatment is that it tends to be standardized and 'one-size-fits-all,' neglecting individual differences in motivation level and readiness to change. We propose to individualize services by developing and testing a Transtheoretical Model (TTM) based intervention tailored to individual stage of readiness to end the violence. In Phase I the objective was to develop a stage-based computer-administered multimedia expert system intervention and self-help manual designed to be administered as an adjunct to traditional batterer treatment. In Phase II, the objective is to complete development of the intervention materials, translate them into Spanish, and assess their efficacy in a randomized clinical trial. English- and Spanish-speaking domestic violence treatment clients will be randomly assigned at treatment intake to the experimental (n=350) or control condition (n=350). Efficacy will be assessed by comparing the intervention and control groups on number of batterer treatment sessions attended, partner reports of recidivism, re-arrests for domestic assault, and several secondary outcome measures.

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