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Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 325–343 | Cite as

Support groups for battered women: Research on their efficacy

  • Leslie M. Tutty
  • Bruce A. Bidgood
  • Michael A. Rothery
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Abstract

An evaluation of 12 support groups for women victims of domestic assault revealed substantial benefits associated with group participation. A total of 76 women responded to an assessment package before, immediately after, and six months following the group. Significant improvements were found in self-esteem, belonging support, locus of control, less traditional attitudes towards marriage and the family, perceived stress, and marital functioning. Unexpectedly, clients currently living with their spouses also reported significant decreases in both physical and nonphysical abuse.

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battered women groups research 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leslie M. Tutty
    • 1
  • Bruce A. Bidgood
    • 2
  • Michael A. Rothery
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Social WorkUniversity of CalgaryAlbertaCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of Social WorkWilfrid Laurier UniversityWaterlooCanada
  3. 3.Faculty of Social WorkUniversity of CalgaryAlbertaCanada

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