Included here are links to some recent (and not so recent)
articles, presentations, and trainings.
- Peters, J., Nason, C., & Turner W. M. (2007). Development and testing of a new version of the Hypermasculinity Index. Social Work Research, 31(3), 171-182. (Adobe Acrobat .pdf version, 213K)
This research compares the psychometric properties of the original (forced-choice format of the Hypermasculinity Index to a revision we made using the new phrase completion format. The phrase completion format performed better in every possible way and appears to be a valuable alternative to forced-choice and perhpas even Likert-type scales.
- Peters, J (2007, April 11). Treating childhood abuse survivors: Who is the author and who is the authority? [Review of the book Treating Survivors of Childhood Abuse: Psychotherapy for the Interrupted Life]. PsycCRITIQUES-Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 52 (15), Article 4. (Adobe Acrobat .pdf version)
An invited review of a new, manualized, 16 session approach to treatment of childhood sexual abuse survivors. Given my background and training I was initially skeptical of Cloitre, Cohen, and Koenen's approach but the more I read and the more I thought about my clients, the more I became convinced of the value of this book and the approach they advocate. Let me know what you think.
- Peters, J. (in press). Measuring myths about domestic violence: Development and initial validation of the Domestic Violence Myth Acceptance Scale. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma. (Adobe Acrobat.pdf version, of in press version).
Presents the development and validation of a new measure of domestic violence myths. This research indicates that women tend to use myths to avoid the threat of dometic violence, while males tend to endorese myths to avoid blame. For society as a whole domestic violence myths reduce social support for victims and victim advocacy programs by implying that the victim is not truly a victim because she unconsciously wanted the abuse and caused it to happen.
- Peters, J. (2005). True ambivalence: Child welfare workers' thoughts, feeling, and beliefs about kinship foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 27(6), 595-614. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2004.11.012 (Adobe Acrobat.pdf version 168k)
This analysis of qualitative data gathered during trainings
on kinship care with child welfare workers reveals that workers are
passionately committed to kinship foster care but equally passionately
aware of the greater complexity and difficulty which often attends kinship
foste care. Workers were also articulated a number of ways in which
the "ad hoc" policy which has developed nationally and locally
around kinship care makes their work more diffuclt.
- Peters, J. (2003). The domestic violence myth
acceptance scale: Development and psychometric testing of a new instrument.
Dissertation DAI-A 64/04, p. 1409. (Executive
Summary MS Word) (Executive Summary
Adobe Acrobat, pdf) (Link to dissertation itself at UMaine Library)
Developed an instrument to measure Domestic Violence myths based on a feminist orientation to domestic violence.
The instrument had good reliability and good preliminary indications
of numerous types of validity. It can be freely used in research, program evaluation,
Explores the ways in organizational practices of agencies may trigger
thoughts, feelings, memories, or symptoms related to childhood sexual
abuse among elderly women entering institutional care.
- Peters, J., Shackelford, T. K. & Buss, D. M.
(2001). Understanding domestic violence against women: Using Evolutionary
psychology to extend the feminist functional analysis. Violence and
Victims, 17(2), 255-264. (Abstract,
MS Word) (Abstract, Adobe Acrobat, pdf)
Using a large dataset of arrests, confirmed the hypothesis that risk
of domestic violence is related to reproductive status. Findings indicate
that domestic violence may be particularly related to control over
women's reproductive choices/sexuality.
- Goodman, L. & Peters, J. (1995). Persecutory
alters and ego states: Protectors, friends and allies. Dissociation,
8, 91-99. (Adobe Acrobat.pdf ).
Traditionally persecutory alters in individuals with multiple personality disorder had been viewed as internalizations of the abuser. In this article we argue that desipte their use of scary, often abusive tactics, these alters serve important and entirely positive functions usually as protectors.
- Short-term treatment of a depressed dissociating
client: A response. The Jewish Social Work Forum, 32, 69-78.(Web
Examines the ways in which therapists selectively ignore information
which would put them in ethical and moral dilemmas, especially dilemmas
which are imposed by managed care. Short term treatment of a
survivor of chronic trauma is also shown to cost more than seven years
of weekly individual therapy.
Examines numerous circular linkages between childhood sexual abuse
of girls and their later risk for HIV infection, linkages which expand
like Yeat's "widening gyre."
Analyzed letters sent to various Internet newsgroups to confirm the
hypothesis that people with dissociative disorders experience (and
refer to) themselves as "crazy" far more often than do other
- Putting it all together: Understanding the inevitability
of conflict between intervenors in child abuse and partner violence.
Respondent, 4th Annual Child Welfare Conference, Bangor, Maine. (MS
Word) (Web Page)
Paper presented in which I look at the ways in which agencies enact
major themes in the lives of survivors such as basic mistrust, the
necessity of being heard, and the conviction that no one will hear.
Understanding enactments by agencies and staff will help reduce
conflict between agencies serving trauma survivors.