Influence of Therapist Response Style on Group Member Interactions and Clinical Outcomes in a Male Intimate Partner Violence Treatment Group

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Current research indicates that IPV treatment has limited efficacy in reducing IPV behaviors. Given the damaging impact of IPV, it is essential to improve treatment approaches. The aim of this study was to address the role of the therapists in facilitating change in IPV treatment. Utilizing videos of 16 IPV treatment groups, 6 therapists interpersonal styles in response to key intervention statements where determined based on the CLPOT-R. Findings suggested that specific interpersonal styles influence client'sverbalization of negative relationship beliefs and post treatment IPV behaviors. Specifically, a Friendly-Dominant style was associated with fewer partner reported IPV behaviors 6-months after treatment. This study is a step towards enhancing therapist training and treatment approach to improve the efficacy of IPV treatment.