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Columbia, Maryland 21045


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.

Study summary:

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.


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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Brief Title:

Treatment for Men Who Are Abusive to Their Partners

Official Title:

Behavior Therapy for Partner Violent Men

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Study Phase:

Phase 1



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18 Years

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Quick Facts

Healthy Volunteers
Oversight Has DMC
Study Is FDA Regulated
Study Is Section 801
Has Expanded Access

Study Source:

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Oversight Authority:

United States: Federal Government

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Overall Contact Information

Official Name:Christopher M. Murphy, PhD
Principal Investigator
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Study Dates

Start Date:June 2002
Completion Date:December 2005
Completion Type:Actual
Primary Completion Date:December 2005
Primary Completion Type:Actual
Verification Date:October 2017
Last Changed Date:October 30, 2017
First Received Date:October 8, 2003

Study Outcomes

Outcome Type:Primary Outcome
Measure:Individual Versus Group Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Partner-Violent Men study of physical assault, emotional abuse, and injury as reported by the male participant and his relationship partner
Time Frame:Three month intervals for one year after the initiation of treatment
Safety Issues:False
Description:Physical assault, emotional abuse, and injury as reported by the male participant and his relationship partner

Study Interventions

Intervention Type:Behavioral
Name:Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Study Arms

There are no available Study Arms

Study Agencies

Agency Class:Other
Agency Type:Lead Sponsor
Agency Name:University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Agency Class:NIH
Agency Type:Collaborator
Agency Name:National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Sample and Retention Information

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Study References

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Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: November 18, 2019

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