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Treatment for Men Who Are Abusive to Their Partners

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified August 2013 by Timothy A Sparklin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Timothy A Sparklin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Identifier:
First received: October 8, 2003
Last updated: August 19, 2013
Last verified: August 2013
This study will develop an individual behavior therapy for men who are violent toward their partners and will compare the therapy to standard group treatment.

Condition Intervention Phase
Domestic Violence Behavioral: Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Behavior Therapy for Partner Violent Men

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Further study details as provided by Timothy A Sparklin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County:

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: June 2002
Primary Completion Date: December 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

To date, treatment interventions for domestic abuse perpetrators have been conducted almost exclusively in groups. However, the efficacy of such treatments relative to no treatment has not been thoroughly evaluated. Evidence suggests that individual treatments may be more effective than group treatments. This study will combine motivational enhancement therapy with cognitive and behavior change techniques to treat men who abuse their partners.

This study will be conducted in two phases. In Phase 1, an individual cognitive behavior therapy (ICBT) manual will be constructed. During Phase 2, participants will be randomly assigned to receive either 16 sessions of ICBT or 16 sessions of standard group therapy. Data on abusive behavior outcomes and secondary treatment targets will be collected from participants and their partners every 3 months for 1 year after the study.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Involved in male-to-female physical aggression in the past 12 months or has a history of severe male-to-female aggression in a relationship
  • Current involvement in a primary intimate relationship (cohabiting, dating, or married) for at least 6 months, with partner contact at least once per week
  • Willingness to provide written consent for partner contact
  • Partner provides verbal assent for the use of information during an initial phone interview and agrees to be re-contacted for scheduled follow-up interviews

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Psychotic symptoms or severe mood disorder
  • Mental retardation, autism, dementia, delirium, catatonia, or other severe cognitive disorders
  • Severe head trauma in the past two years
  • Seizure disorder
  • Current diagnosis of alcohol dependence or drug dependence. Participants must be in remission for at least 6 months if a past diagnosis is present.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00070863

United States, Maryland
Domestic Violence Center of Howard County
Columbia, Maryland, United States, 21045
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Principal Investigator: Christopher M. Murphy, PhD University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  More Information

Responsible Party: Timothy A Sparklin, Research Compliance Officer, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Identifier: NCT00070863     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21MH064562 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: October 8, 2003
Last Updated: August 19, 2013 processed this record on September 19, 2017