|Title: ||Men and women’s perceptions and experiences of attending a managing abusive behaviour programme|
|Affiliation: ||University of Chester ; University of Central Lancashire ; University of Central Lancashire|
|Citation: ||Evidence-Based Midwifery, 2009, 7(4), pp. 128-135|
|Publisher: ||Royal College of Midwives|
|Journal: ||Evidence-Based Midwifery|
|Issue Date: ||Dec-2009 |
|Additional Links: ||http://www.rcm.org.uk/ebm|
Domestic violence is a global and pernicious problem affecting all spheres of society. It has traditionally been seen as a social problem, but is now recognised to be a public health issue and reducing the incidence is a Priority Action 1 within Public Service Agreement 23. Sadly, domestic violence sometimes commences or escalates during pregnancy and during the transition to parenthood. It has been identified as a significant contributor to maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality, through both direct and indirect means. This paper describes the first phase of a study exploring the views of men and women, who had attended Start Treating Others Positively (STOP) a charity based in Leeds, UK. The adapted Appreciative Inquiry model of behavioural change underpins the work of STOP.
Aim of the study:
To explore the perceptions and experiences of participants attending STOP, to gain an insight of the effect this has had upon their ability to change their abusive behaviour to non-abusive and manage relationship conflict.
An exploratory study involving 20 participants (15 men and 5 women) who are parents and attending Start Treating Others Positively (STOP voluntarily. Ethics approval was granted by the university’s health ethics committee and guidance cited in the NHS Research Governance Framework was addressed throughout the study. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken during December 2007 and January 2008. An interview schedule of open and closed questions was used to gain an insight into respondents’ perceptions and experiences. Data were analysed by using a thematic analysis which entailed the identification of 6 primary emerging themes, 3 secondary core themes, then a final core theme, and the development of a synthesis statement.
This first phase of this study explored the perceptions and experiences of 20 participants who attend STOP on how they have learnt to manage their behaviour to prevent themselves being abusive in their family relationships, and the impact this has had on their lives. Participants agreed that there were no excuses for domestic violence. Initially, six sub-themes emerged from the data: emotional regulation, emotional understanding, developing empathy skills, changed behaviour, developing conflict resolving skills, coping strategies. These were integrated into three overarching themes: emotional stability, cognitive empathy, conflict competency. Following synthesis, these were summarised into one phrase: ‘positive life skills’. The interviews demonstrated the participants had developed positive life skills whilst attending STOP to enable them to manage their emotions, behaviour and family relationship conflict. There was also evidence that these positive life skills were being taught to the participant’s own children
Domestic violence has enormous implications for the health sector in general and within maternity services. Preventing future cases of domestic violence will reduce both maternal and fetal mortality and morbidity rates. The government has recognised the need to reduce the prevalence of domestic violence as a high priority, yet there is limited research to demonstrate effective preventative measures.|
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positive life skills
conflict solution skills
behaviour change strategies
men and women's experiences
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