Gender-based violence is deeply rooted in hegemonic masculinity and patriarchy, the source of both hostile and benevolent sexism. This study is an assessment of a gender-sensitive intervention realized through photo-based therapy and psychodrama, conducted in 9 sessions with 9 male prisoners detained in north-eastern Italy who are convicted of assaulting or murdering women. The research adopted a qualitative method design in analysing the interview texts, carried out with the Client Change Interview and the Helpful Aspects of Therapy, and the transcribed reports from all 9 sessions. The findings revealed that the intervention transformed the participants’ hostility into benevolent sexism and that they had replaced their concepts of machismo and honor with a new representation of the ideal man as a “maternal father.” This shift was a result of a consciousness-raising process that recognizes the value of emotions and the need for empathic relationships.

A gender-sensitive intervention in jail: A study of Italian men convicted of assaulting women or femicide

Testoni I.
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Pedot M.;Ronconi L.;Zamperini A.
2020

Abstract

Gender-based violence is deeply rooted in hegemonic masculinity and patriarchy, the source of both hostile and benevolent sexism. This study is an assessment of a gender-sensitive intervention realized through photo-based therapy and psychodrama, conducted in 9 sessions with 9 male prisoners detained in north-eastern Italy who are convicted of assaulting or murdering women. The research adopted a qualitative method design in analysing the interview texts, carried out with the Client Change Interview and the Helpful Aspects of Therapy, and the transcribed reports from all 9 sessions. The findings revealed that the intervention transformed the participants’ hostility into benevolent sexism and that they had replaced their concepts of machismo and honor with a new representation of the ideal man as a “maternal father.” This shift was a result of a consciousness-raising process that recognizes the value of emotions and the need for empathic relationships.
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