EXTERNALLY FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS
A metacognitive-informed group psychotherapy program for male perpetrators of domestic violence: A multidimensional feasibility study
Treatment approaches for male perpetrators have utilised contributions from a diverse range of theories and models. Research shows lack of consistent outcomes and improvements reported during the treatment are often not maintained in the long term. Metacognition, referring to the capacity to understand self and others’ mental states, is an essential factor when considering perpetrator typology. Deficits in metacognitive capacity have been shown to be associated with high arousal states and acts of violence in clinical populations. Incorporating metacognition as part of a therapeutic intervention provides an opportunity to enhance contemporary approaches in the treatment of men who perpetrate domestic violence.
The research aims to 1) develop a metacognitive-informed group psychotherapy program for men who perpetrate domestic violence; 2) evaluate the proposed group psychotherapy program; and 3) develop a framework encompassing a set of principles and practices for wider dissemination.
Male participants will attend a 12-week group program for men who perpetrate domestic violence. The study will use a mixed-methods case study approach utilising both quantitative and qualitative methods. A case study method will be utilised to analyse data and answer why some individuals will improve in response to a treatment model while others do not improve. Measures will be obtained at regular time points to help ascertain the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed treatment intervention program.