Splitting and Emotional Regulation in Partner Violence

Judith P. Siegel, Ruth M. Forero

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Interventions with victims of partner violence can become stymied until the clinician recognizes and accepts client vacillations as integral to the work. Appraisals and decisions that are reached in a therapy session may appear to be reversed or forgotten once the client returns home. Treatment strategies that focus on emotional regulation and splitting can help strengthen client awareness of contradicting beliefs, thereby strengthening self-efficacy and problem-solving.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-230
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Social Work Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2012


  • Emotional regulation
  • Partner violence in agency settings
  • Splitting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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