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Anales de Psicología

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VARGAS, Viviana; CONCHELL, Raquel; EXPOSITO-ALVAREZ, Cristina  and  LILA, Marisol. Differences between Latin American and Spanish men in a batterer intervention programme: proximal and final outcomes. Anal. Psicol. [online]. 2020, vol.36, n.3, pp.418-426.  Epub Dec 21, 2020. ISSN 1695-2294.

The aim of this study was to test whether there are differences in the effectiveness of a Batterer Intervention Programme (BIP) for Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) perpetrators depending on the participants’ countries of origin (i.e., Spanish or Latin American immigrants). The sample included 425 male offenders who participated in a court-mandated standard BIP in Spain. Official recidivism and risk of recidivism were considered the final outcomes. Intention to change, responsibility attribution, adherence to treatment and treatment compliance were taken as the proximal outcomes. No differences were found in risk of recidivism, intention to change, responsibility attribution to the legal system and to the victim between the Spanish and Latin American participants. Significant differences between both groups were found for the variable treatment compliance. The results suggest that, at least for the Latin American immigrants participating in BIPs in Spain, it is apparently not necessary to adjust BIPs to cultural differences as adopting motivational strategies to promote change suffices.

Keywords : Effectiveness; Batterer intervention programmes; Latin American immigrants; Cultural adjustment.

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