Assessing the Effects of Psychotherapy and Mixed Martial Arts in treating male compound trauma – conclusion

There has been relatively little research addressing the topic of male victimization in IPV compared to female victimization. This study sought to assess the reasons behind such a phenomenon, assess the incidence and prevalence of male victimization in regard to IPV in the modern society, and evaluate treatment approaches for males who fall victim to intimate partners. The study approach was to conduct a literature review that enlightens on the aspects evaluated.

The lack of research is attributable to the consideration of the male to be stronger than the female in respect to physical, mental and emotional aspects. This conceptualization has served to depict the male as the perpetrator and the female as the victim in IPV cases. Due to such societal stereotypes, very few partners are willing to disclose their experiences with female-perpetrators thus limiting the population from which samples evaluating the phenomenon can be drawn.

Although the classification of IPV has elicited controversy regarding the forms of IPV, recent evidence indicate that women also perpetrate severe forms of IPV traditionally though to be restricted to male perpetrators. Such cases have highlighted the increasing incidence and prevalence of female-perpetrated IPV necessitating an increased attention on addressing the issue of Male victimization by their intimate partners. Studies that have attempted to address this issue have faced challenges such as the bias associated with self-reports and inadequate representation of males from diverse races. However, studies on psychotherapeutic interventions highlight that reinforcement of verbal approaches with physical activity, for instance through martial arts, boost the victims self-esteem thus enhancing their recovery from traumatic experiences of victimization.

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