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Partner Violence and Anger Management

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified November 2014 by Norwegian University of Science and Technology
St. Olavs Hospital
Karolinska Institutet
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Norwegian University of Science and Technology Identifier:
First received: July 25, 2012
Last updated: November 27, 2014
Last verified: November 2014

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of the Brøset anger management model in reducing violent behavior amongst clients who are violent in intimate partnerships and who voluntarily seek help.

Violence in intimate partnerships constitutes a serious problem worldwide and there is reason to believe that cognitive behavior therapy has some effect on the reduction of violent behavior. However, there are currently too few randomized controlled studies to conclude about the effectiveness of cognitive behavior therapy for this client group.

Condition Intervention
Domestic Violence
Spouse Abuse
Behavioral: The Brøset anger management model
Behavioral: Ordinary group treatment

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Partner Violence and Anger Management: a Randomised Controlled Study of the Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Further study details as provided by Norwegian University of Science and Technology:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • violent behaviour, reported by partner and client [ Time Frame: 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    measured by using the Conflict Tactics Scale Revised (CTS2), instrument for measuring violence in intimate partnerships(10), which consists of 78 questions (0-7) about different aspects of violence (frequence of physical, psychological, sexual and material violence)

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • The client's and their partner's mental health [ Time Frame: 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    measured by using the Hopkins Symptoms Check List (HSCL-25, with 25 questions about the presence and intensity of anxiety and depression symptoms, and symptoms of somatoform character)

  • The client's and their partner's health service use and absence due to sickness [ Time Frame: 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Changes in emotional dysregulation [ Time Frame: 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Emotional regulation will be assessed by the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS, Gratz & Roemer, 2004).

Estimated Enrollment: 125
Study Start Date: July 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: The Brøset anger management model
Group treatment
Behavioral: The Brøset anger management model
manualised structured cognitive treatment program 15 weeks (30 hours)
Active Comparator: ordinary group treatment
Group treatment
Behavioral: Ordinary group treatment
group treatment 8 weeks (16 hours)


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • fluent in Norwegian language
  • is in a partner relationship at inclusion. Partner relationship is defined by having an intimate partner at present, or being in regular contact with a former intimate partner so that violence is possible (e.g. they have children)
  • admits being violent to his partner (physical, mental and/or sexual)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • psychosis
  • alcohol- or drug addiction to a level that hinders group participation free from intoxication.
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01653860

Contact: Merete B Nesset +47 72823560

St Olavs University Hospital, Division of Psychiatry, Centre for research and education in forensic psychiatry Brøset Recruiting
Trondheim, Norway, 7440
Contact: Andreas E Hamnes    +47 72823700      
Sponsors and Collaborators
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
St. Olavs Hospital
Karolinska Institutet
Principal Investigator: Tom Palmstierna, MD PhD prof Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Norwegian University of Science and Technology Identifier: NCT01653860     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2012/683
Study First Received: July 25, 2012
Last Updated: November 27, 2014
Health Authority: Norway: Ethics Committee

Keywords provided by Norwegian University of Science and Technology:
Behavior therapy
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