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The Men's Domestic Abuse Check-Up Engages Adult Men Concerned About Their Abusive Behavior and Alcohol or Drug Use (MDACU)

This study has been completed.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lyungai Mbilinyi, University of Washington Identifier:
First received: August 16, 2011
Last updated: June 13, 2012
Last verified: June 2012
This research is a stage 1b developmental trial evaluating an intervention called "The Men's Domestic Abuse Check-Up" with adult men abusing their intimate partners and also struggling with alcohol or drug use.

Condition Intervention Phase
Domestic Violence Substance Abuse Behavioral: Motivational Enhancement Therapy Behavioral: Educational information Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Stage 1B Study Motivating Substance Abusing Batterers to Seek Treatment.

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Lyungai Mbilinyi, University of Washington:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • treatment seeking [ Time Frame: 4 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • self-report of intimate partner violence and substance use [ Time Frame: 4 months ]

Enrollment: 140
Study Start Date: September 2009
Study Completion Date: May 2012
Primary Completion Date: May 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Motivational Enhancement Therapy
Motivational Enhancement Therapy
Behavioral: Motivational Enhancement Therapy
Two personal feedback sessions with counselor using motivational interviewing strategies.
Educational brochure
Intimate Partner Violence, Substance Abuse, and HIV risky behaviors Education
Behavioral: Educational information
Educational brochure about legal, health and behavioral effects of intimate partner violence, substance abuse, and HIV risky behaviors

Detailed Description:

One hundred and forty adult men concerned about their substance use and behaviors toward intimate partners, recruited in Washington State, will be enrolled in the trial. Participants are recruited through print and radio ads. Following a baseline assessment, participants are then randomly assigned to receive one of two interventions:

  • The experimental intervention is a two-session motivational enhancement treatment. A personalized feedback report, containing information from the participant's assessment as well as normative comparison data, is reviewed, with the counselor employing motivational interviewing strategies intended to impact study outcomes.
  • The comparison condition involves an educational brochure focusing on the legal, health and behavioral effects of intimate partner violence, substance abuse, and HIV risky behaviors.

Following the two interventions, participants are reassessed at 1 week, 1 month, and 4 months following either intervention.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age (18 years and older)
  • gender (male)
  • self-reported abusive behaviors
  • concerned about alcohol or drug use

Exclusion Criteria:

  • not fluent in English
  • they have a thought disorder that precludes full participation
  • they refuse to accept randomization to condition
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01621334

United States, Washington
Innovative Programs Research Group, School of Social Work, University of Washington
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98105
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Washington
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Principal Investigator: Lyungai F Mbilinyi, PhD University of Washington School of Social Work
  More Information

Responsible Party: Lyungai Mbilinyi, Principal Investigator, University of Washington Identifier: NCT01621334     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 37863-C
R01DA017873 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: August 16, 2011
Last Updated: June 13, 2012

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on September 21, 2017