Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Sharon K. Patten, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Jean Thompson, MSW, LGSW

Third Advisor

Vern Bloom, MSW


Descriptive variables associated with men completing domestic abuse treatment programs were found to be influencing factors in earlier attrition research. One hundred clients who attended a Minneapolis-based domestic abuse treatment program were selected for inclusion in this study. Six demographic variables were thought to be predictive of treatment completion or drop out.

The literature review suggested that factors positively related to attrition included being under less strain. With this in mind, the revised Strain Theory (Agnew, 1992) was used as the theoretical framework for this study. Strain Theory focuses on negative relationships with others, negative affective states and pressure toward delinquency when the negative relationship engenders the negative affect.

Marital status was the only variable that provided statistical significance. Age, previous attendance in a domestic abuse treatment program, race, employment status and target of violence were not determined to be statistically significant.

The purpose of this study was to suggest possible risk markers for domestic abuse treatment programs for men as they first enter treatment, to better address the attrition problem.


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