Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 243–254 | Cite as

Characteristics of men and women completing cognitive/behavioral spouse abuse treatment

  • Kim K. Faulkner
  • Rosemary Cogan
  • Mark Nolder
  • Gene Shooter


Although abuse in relationships is widespread and often escalates without intervention, the scant extant data indicate that people in abusive relationships often fail to complete treatment programs. We compared demographic characteristics, Male-Female Relations Inventory scores (MFRI), and selected MilIon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory I (MCMI-I) scale scores of men and women who did and did not complete an 8-session 4-week cognitive/behavioral group treatment program. The 16 completer men had lower scores on MCMI-I scales related to drug abuse as compared with the 18 noncompleter men. Court-referred men completed more often than other men. The 23 completer women also had lower scores on MCMI-I scales related to drug abuse than the 17 noncompleter women. Fewer of the completer women were employed and fewer had children than the noncompleter women. Scores on the MFRI were not different for completer or noncompleter men or women. Implications for interventions are discussed.

Key words

spouse abuse cognitive behavioral treatment group treatment completers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kim K. Faulkner
    • 1
  • Rosemary Cogan
    • 1
  • Mark Nolder
    • 1
  • Gene Shooter
    • 1
  1. 1.Texas Tech UniversityLubbock

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