The need for experimental methodology in intimate partner violence: Finding programs that effectively prevent IPV

Lynette Feder, Phyllis Holditch Niolon, Jacquelyn Campbell, Jan Wallinder, Robin Nelson, Hattie Larrouy

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Abstract

The lack of rigorous evaluations of intimate partner violence (IPV) programs has severely limited our knowledge about what works. However, IPV programs can be rigorously evaluated through randomized controlled trials (RCTs) conducted ethically and safely. This article provides an example of how a RCT to test an IPV preventive intervention-the Enhanced Nurse Family Partnership Study (ENFPS)-was successfully implemented by a partnership of researchers and practitioners. The article concludes with some recommendations, arrived at by the researchers and practitioners on the ENFPS team, for achieving a successful collaboration thought to be essential in executing a field experiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)340-358
Number of pages19
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011

Keywords

  • experimental research
  • intimate partner violence
  • prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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