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A Randomized Clinical Study of a Mind-Body Approach to Domestic Violence Offender Treatment

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00983593
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 24, 2009
Last Update Posted : June 21, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Utah

Brief Summary:
The focus of the present study is to examine the relative efficacy of a mind-body method, know as Mind-Body Bridging, of treating DV offenders as compared to a "treatment as usual" (TAU) approach. The study will be conducted on-site at ACES, a non-profit agency that provides licensed domestic violence offender and substance abuse treatment services in the Salt Lake City area.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Domestic Violence Intimate Partner Violence Behavioral: Mind-Body Bridging Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Mind-Body Bridging Program (MBBP) was developed by Stanley Block, M.D. over the last decade drawing from his more than 30 years of experience in clinical psychiatry and awareness training. In his book Come To Your Senses: Demystifying the Mind-Body Connection (Block & Block, 2005, 2007), he demonstrates how people can regulate their emotions through "bridging", a technique that brings one back to the present moment to experience and recognize thoughts, emotions and physical sensations. Bridging aims to reduce the impact of negative thought patterns that facilitate stress in the body. Bridging allows individuals to reconnect with a mind-body state that inherently relaxes and restores healthy natural functioning. MBBP is built on awareness practices that enable individuals to investigate their mental states at deeper levels for the purpose of calming their minds and relaxing their bodies. This can lead to reductions in activation of the stress system (stress is consistently implicated in the progression of many mental and physical diseases), with the prospect of potentially alleviating many detrimental health conditions. According to Block & Block (2005, 2007), the critical source of ill-being in humans is rooted in the "Identity System" (IS), which is composed of self-centered thoughts, beliefs and emotions. The IS emphasizes separation, incompleteness, and self-interest, creating an identity that lacks authenticity. In essence, the IS interferes with one's natural functioning in everyday life by effectively cutting one off from one's natural self-healing abilities, and this typically results in constricting and closing down the present-moment awareness that is provided by one's senses. MBBP teaches how using bridging techniques, one can identify and "rest" the IS with its associated negativity and bodily tension, thereby creating more opportunities for improving quality of life and for functioning more naturally.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 100 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Clinical Study of a Mind-Body Approach to Domestic Violence Offender Treatment
Study Start Date : September 2009
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2013

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Group Therapy
Group therapy following the Mind-Body Bridging program.
Behavioral: Mind-Body Bridging
16 weeks of weekly Mind-Body Bridging group treatment lasting 60-90 minutes per session.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Official Recidivism [ Time Frame: 12-18 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Quality of Life Measure- Form-36 (SF-36) [ Time Frame: 1 month ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Court ordered to completed domestic violence offender treatment

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Do not speak English

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00983593

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United States, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, 84115
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Utah
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Responsible Party: University of Utah Identifier: NCT00983593    
Other Study ID Numbers: 34135
First Posted: September 24, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 21, 2017
Last Verified: June 2017
Keywords provided by University of Utah:
Mind Body Bridging
Domestic Violence Offender Treatment
Batterer Treatment