Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A theoretical investigation of theories of change and attachment as they relate to understanding and intervening in intimate partner violence
by Clifford, Kristin, Psy.D., Adler School of Professional Psychology, 2014, 165; 3582461
Abstract (Summary)

First, this theoretical dissertation will critically examine theories of change. Specifically, The Transtheoretical Model of Change (TTM), Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB), and Self-Determination Theory (SDT) will be explored. Highlighted gaps and shortcomings within each existing theory of change will then be explored. Next, Attachment theory will be presented to explore the process of change in adult relationships and mentalization will be offered as an intervention technique within attachment. In addition, Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) will be used as a lens to apply change theories and attachment paying special attention to the role of relational aspects of behavior in abusive relationships. Lastly, a new model for conceptualizing change will be introduced called the Multisystemic Theory of Change (MTC).

The MTC is a multifaceted approach to conceptualize change for victims of violence and can specifically be applied to IPV. Within IPV, researchers have noted that themes of self, others, and society could impact relational variables in IPV and should be integrated into a theory of change (Hamby, 2011; Kim, 2011; Khaw & Hardesty, 2007; Lawson & Malnar, 2011; Lehrner & Allen, 2009; Tolan, Gorman-Smith, & Henry, 2006; Jaffe, Wilson, & Wolfe, 1986; Woods, 2005). MTC is a posited theory wherein these relational variables are central to any process of behavior change.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nichols, Lauren
School: Adler School of Professional Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 76/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Attachment, Change Theory, Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, New Change Theory
Publication Number: 3582461
ISBN: 978-1-321-62815-9
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