Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Sumin Hsieh, Ph.D

Second Advisor

Chris Haley-Walden, MSW

Third Advisor

Phu Phan, MSW


The purpose of this quantitative study is to investigate the level of resistance in involuntary clients participating in a domestic abuse treatment program. Using a time-series design, the study explores at which point in treatment, if at all, these clients become engaged in the treatment process. Twenty-one men attending a domestic violence program participated in the study. Survey questionnaires were administered to study participants at weeks one, three, and five of the treatment program. The survey focused on the level of resistance to treatment each man displayed. In addition, the survey explored the level of accountability program participants exhibited for their abusive behavior. This study will further determine the point during the treatment process when program participants become engaged in the intervention. This is useful to professionals in determining the appropriate length of such interventions; as well as exploring methods that lead to earlier engagement of involuntary clients.


SC 11.MSW.2001.Cunningh.C

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