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Therapeutic Alliance between Psychologists and Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence: A Feminist Ethics of Care Interpretation
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Centre for Gender Studies.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates the construction of the therapist-client alliance in the therapeutic setting with perpetrators of intimate partner violence (IPV). Moreover, it explores the ways a Feminist Ethics of Care perspective could enhance the partnership between the actors. To fulfil such aims, the author conducted six in-depth semi-structured interviews with psychologists working at one of the most renowned institutions for perpetrators of IPV in Norway and Sweden. The analysis of the psychologists' discourses demonstrates that several factors are influential in the alliance construction. The most important aspects are: the clients' perspective towards the psychologists; the therapists' views towards the clients; the psychologists' engagement with moral sentiments; the power struggle between the actors; and the use of techniques for the professionals to enhance their connection with the clients. Besides that, the discourses also show that moral superiority seems to guide the psychologists when relating with the perpetrators. Their views are embedded in an individualistic ethics based on the principles of Kohlberg's Ethics of Justice. The thesis suggests that a collective ethics such as Gilligan's Feminist Ethics of Care would enhance the partnership between the actors. This theoretical framework allows the psychologists to change their superior moral views of the clients to a moral responsibility towards them. When such movement in perspective happens, the therapists begin to see the perpetrators as human beings with many different facets. Consequently, they truly deny a judgmental impression towards their identity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 70
Keyword [en]
intimate partner violence, perpetrators, therapeutic alliance, morality, feminist ethics of care.
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Ethics Other Social Sciences Applied Psychology Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-141601ISRN: LIU-TEMA G/GSIC2-A – 17/004-SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-141601DiVA, id: diva2:1146378
Subject / course
Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, Two Year
Presentation
2017-09-08, FORUM - TEMA GENUS, Linkoping University - Campus Valla, Linkoping, 16:26 (English)
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Available from: 2017-10-03 Created: 2017-10-02 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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