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Serendipitous Intervention: Qualitative Findings From the Study of Dynamic Patterns of Husband-to-Wife Abuse

NCJ Number
Journal of Family Violence Volume: 28 Issue: 3 Dated: April 2013 Pages: 243-251
Johanna Becho; Sandra K. Burge; David A. Katerndahl; Robert L. Ferrer; Robert C. Wood
Date Published
April 2013
9 pages
This mixed methods study observed day-to-day dynamics of husband-to-wife abuse.
This mixed methods study observed day-to-day dynamics of husband-to-wife abuse. Daily reporting and weekly interaction with a research associate appeared to offer great benefit. A sample of 20 women age 20-62, were enrolled. Participants at high risk for abuse were excluded. Women who met the inclusion criteria completed a baseline questionnaire. Participants were instructed to complete a daily telephone assessment for 60 days to track the prior day's abuse severity and potential violence predictors. Participants also completed a qualitative end-of-study interview. Women reported an increased awareness of community resources, heightened self-esteem and coping empowerment. Seven women (35 percent) left their abusive relationships. Women who left were more educated but had lower socio-economic status (SES). Participants in common-law marriages were also more likely to leave. The unforeseen consequences of daily reporting coupled with regular contact with an engaged listener were positively associated with a woman's readiness for change. Abstract published by arrangement with Springer.