Positions constructed for a female therapist in male batterers' treatment group
Päivinen, H., & Holma, J. (2012). Positions constructed for a female therapist in male batterers' treatment group. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 24(1), 52-74. https://doi.org/10.1080/08952833.2012.629132
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How the gender of the therapist affects the treatment of intimately violent men has been little researched. In this study we examined the positions that batterers construct for a female therapist in batterers' group treatment. The data consisted of five videotaped therapy groups for male batterers. Three positions of a woman were constructed: woman in general; woman as spouse and woman personally as herself. These positions were often based on a constructed difference between men and women. The female therapist repositioned herself to diminish the difference constructed between the genders and to make fear of the spouse visible.
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