Abstract: According to current research, family violence prevention (FVP) professionals do not generally use empirical research results to drive practice. This is problematic for clients because prevention practices lag behind available evidence which impacts effectiveness. The purpose of this qualitative, exploratory, force field analysis study was to identify factors that influenced application of empirical research to FVP practices and to assess the feasibility of changing factors to promote increased use. This study used Lewin's force field analysis and the public health model as the conceptual frameworks. Data included in depth interviews with 25 experienced FVP professionals. Responses were combined into common factors. In a second round of data collection, participants rated the factors on impact and on feasibility of change to support increased use. Based on the combination of impact and feasibility via impact/feasibility charts, the following priorities for FVP professionals were identified: more training on using published research, more training on how to find research relevant to specific populations, more opportunities for practitioners to participate with academics in action research projects, more training on how to access relevant published research, and more time to read it. Implications for positive social change include making FVP efforts more evidence-based and thus helping to reduce the incidence of family violence and help professionals deal more effectively with its consequences. Project Details
Purpose: The purpose of this doctoral dissertation study was to apply the principals of force field analysis and the public health model in a qualitative exploration of the factors that influenced the application of empirical research to family violence prevention practices. Data collection and analysis included in-depth interviews with a sample of family violence workers recruited using open invitations. This was a multi-step study and included: instrument development, a pilot study, wave I of data colleciton and analysis, secondary instrument development, and wave II of data collection and analysis.