The overall objective for the project is to assess the effect of the treatment given at ATV to clients who seek treatment for violence-related problems
The study will be a naturalistic, prospective and exploratory study of process and outcomes. It will be conducted at five ATV offices located in different parts of Norway. All men who meet the criteria for participation will receive an invitation to participate in the study. Measurements will be taken before, during and after treatment, as well as a follow-up one and a half years later. Data collection will comprise questionnaires, clinical interviews and sound recordings of every single hour. The content in the collected data will cover general outcome measurements, specific outcome measurements for the group of clients in question, as well as process measurements such as therapeutic alliance, group climate and session assessments. The study will include 100-150 people.
The issues to be investigated are linked to three areas:
the client group:
- Background, social affiliation, pre-history of violence, substance abuse, psychological stress factors and personality traits.
- Do changes occur in the client himself, his relations to others, in relation to violence?
- What effects does treatment have on other, more general symptoms?
- Do any changes remain stable over time?
- Are there any differences between group and individual treatment in terms of general effect?
- Are there differences in the effect of treatment for sub-groups of clients?
- How do the client and therapist perceive the relationship they have to one another; what contributes to a good relationship?
- How do the client and therapist evaluate each conversation; what seems to contribute to a positive or negative evaluation?
- Are there any identifiable characteristic traits in the therapeutic process that appear to contribute to change?
- What characterizes the process/outcomes for those who respectively attend individual therapy sessions, group therapy or who drop out of treatment?
- What factors predict dropout?