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Psychosocial Intervention

On-line version ISSN 2173-4712Print version ISSN 1132-0559


ECHEBURUA, Enrique. Adherence to treatment in male batterers against their intimate partners in a community setting: state of the art and future challenges. Psychosocial Intervention [online]. 2013, vol.22, n.2, pp.87-93. ISSN 2173-4712.

This paper addresses the difficulties inherent in providing mental health treatment for men who commit acts of violence against their intimate partners. The effectiveness of available treatment programs for men who batter, both in the international literature and in Spain, is analyzed. In all studies the dropout rates in the treatment of men involved in intimate partner violence are very high. Different studies have pointed to multiple psychological and social causes to explain the poor adherence to treatment in men who batter. The main predictors of poor adherence to therapy are described. Therefore, motivational enhancement strategies are being developed to strengthen subjects' commitment to change by helping them to identify their goals for recovery and to determine ways to reach these goals. Finally, some suggestions are discussed about how to successfully deal with these issues. It is necessary to implement strategies to improve motivation for treatment. Implications of this study for clinical practice, policy decisions, and future research in this field are commented upon.

Keywords : Intimate partner violence; Male batterers; Adherence to treatment Motivational enhancement strategies.

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