A Grounded Theory Study of How Couples Desist from Intimate Partner Violence
Intimate partner violence, couples therapy, grounded theory
Intimate partner violence is a common and damaging experience for many couples, and therapists struggle to address it adequately (Johnson, 2008). Despite its negative eﬀects, many violent couples stay together, with some stopping their violent behaviors. Unfortunately, we know little about the systemic factors aﬀecting violence desistance. This study used grounded theory methods to analyze the process of desistance in formerly violent couples. A model of desistance consisting of three categories was developed, which for most couples included a (a) Turning Point, (b) Decision to Change, and (c) Doing Things Diﬀerently. Therapists are encouraged to use the model to better understand the varied and systemic nature of violence and desistance, and to make more sophisticated decisions about referral and treatment.
Original Publication Citation
Lisa V. Merchant & Jason B. Whiting (2017) A Grounded Theory Study of How Couples Desist from Intimate Partner Violence, Journal of Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, DOI: 10.1111/jmft.12278
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Merchant, Lisa V. PhD and Whiting, Jason B. PhD, "A Grounded Theory Study of How Couples Desist from Intimate Partner Violence" (2017). Faculty Publications. 2122.
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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