The San Diego Navy experiment: an assessment of interventions for men who assault their wives

J Consult Clin Psychol. 2000 Jun;68(3):468-76. doi: 10.1037//0022-006x.68.3.468.


Three different 12-month interventions for servicemen who had been substantiated as having physically assaulted their wives were used and the outcomes examined. The 861 couples of the study were randomly assigned to 4 groups: a men's group, a conjoint group, a rigorously monitored group, and a control group. Cognitive-behavioral interventions were implemented for the men's and conjoint groups, and outcome data were gathered from male perpetrators and female victims at roughly 6-month intervals over the approximately 18-month experimental period. Data analyses revealed nonsignificant differences between the experimental groups over a variety of outcome measures.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Battered Women / psychology
  • California
  • Case Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Confounding Factors, Epidemiologic
  • Counseling
  • Couples Therapy / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Military Personnel / statistics & numerical data*
  • Recurrence
  • Spouse Abuse / prevention & control
  • Spouse Abuse / rehabilitation*
  • Spouse Abuse / statistics & numerical data
  • Survival Analysis
  • Treatment Outcome