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Ericka Kimball

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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminology and Criminal Justice and University Honors


Criminology and Criminal Justice


Family violence -- Prevention -- Evaluation, Father and child, Abusive men -- Services for, Abusive men -- Counseling of




This paper seeks to answer the question: How are fathering interventions incorporated in batterer intervention programs. A content analysis was conducted on two father focused batterer intervention programs called Caring Dads: Helping Fathers Value their Children and Addressing Fatherhood with Men Who Batter: A Curriculum for Working with Abusive Men as Fathers in a Batterers Intervention Program. These programs were examined and coded for the teaching strategies, teaching topics, visuals, objectives, and structures that each program used. Four common themes (Curriculum Focus, Program Fidelity, Teaching Strategies, Teaching Topics) were found in both programs and compared and contrasted. Exploring these themes indicated that each program’s emphasis on program fidelity influences how accurately these programs could be tested for efficacy and evaluated. Another conclusion that was also drawn is that the curriculum focus, teaching strategies, and teaching topics that are employed in each program greatly influence the types of conflicts and battering that the programs will be most effective at preventing and solving.


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