Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The experience of mind-body bridging as a treatment for domestic violence offenders
by Audo, Elisa, Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2012, 287; 3508060
Abstract (Summary)

The effectiveness of standard intervention approaches to the treatment of offenders of domestic violence is debated. This case study examines Mind-Body Bridging (MBB; S. H. Block, 2005) as an alternative model of a batterer intervention program that falls within the mind-body therapeutic tradition. Existing research is minimal on the application and efficacy of alternative mindfulness and mind-body approaches to domestic violence offender treatment.

This case study explores the experiences of 7 domestic violence offenders (5 male, 2 female) who had either completed or were near completion of the MBB approach to a state-mandated domestic violence offender treatment program in rural southern Utah. Data were collected through interviews and instruments such as the MBB Quality of Life Scale and Bridging Scale (S. H. Block, 2009). Additional program data were gathered through an interview with the founder of MBB, Stanley H. Block, an interview with the current program facilitator of the domestic violence offender treatment program in southern Utah, and an observation of a MBB session between a current domestic violence offender (female) and the program facilitator.

The aim of this case study was to draw from the experiences of domestic violence offenders to understand how MBB may have helped them refrain from engaging in abusive behaviors as well as to investigate other factors that may have supported their transformations. All participating offenders reported experiencing benefits from practicing MBB. Noted benefits include a calming effect resulting from use of bridging tools, physical and emotional benefits, improved relationships, and improved interactions with children. Participants agreed that MBB would help or had helped them avoid domestic violence incidents. Participants cautioned that offenders must apply themselves in order to receive benefits from MBB. Also emerging from the interviews with participants were data that support previous research in the field of domestic violence regarding risk factors for perpetration.

These results show that MBB could be seen as a best practice in the field and encourage treatment programs to incorporate MBB within their existing programs.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fahim, Urusa
Commitee: Deslauries, Daniel, Tollefson, Derrik
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: Transformative Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 73/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology, Criminology, Individual & family studies, Gender studies
Keywords: Batterer intervention, Domestic violence, Intimate partner violence, Mind-body approaches, Mindfulness techniques, Offender treatment
Publication Number: 3508060
ISBN: 978-1-267-33607-1
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