Title

Factors that Predict Attrition froma State Sponsored Rural Batterer Treatment Program

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title

Journalof Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma

Publication Date

2008

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Volume

17

Issue

4

First Page

453

Last Page

477

Abstract

This study sought to identify factors associated with attrition for 197 individuals who participated in a state-sponsored rural domestic violence treatment program. Bivariate analyses identified 10 factors associated with program attrition. Logistic regression identified three of these (employment status, psychiatric disorder type, and probation status) as significant predictors of attrition. This three-factor model predicted 78% of all outcomes and 43% and 92% of dropouts and completers, respectively. The data suggest that batterer characteristics, particularly batterer psychopathology, unemployment, and criminal history, are more influential determinants of attrition than systemic and programmatic factors. These findings are discussed with respect to their congruence with the literature and their implications for policy, practice, and future research.

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