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NCJ Number: NCJ 139828     Find in a Library
Title: Typology of Men Who Batter: Three Types Derived From Cluster Analysis
Journal: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry  Volume:62  Issue:2  Dated:(April 1992)  Pages:264-275
Author(s): D G Saunders
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
United States of America

Ctr's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
United States of America
Grant Number: MH00542-01; CCR502584
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data from 165 men who were being assessed for admission for a treatment program for abusive men were used to categorize the types of men who batter their intimate partners.
Abstract: Information was gathered from clinical intake interviews, which included assessments with the Conflict Tactics Scale, Beck Depression Inventory, and other instruments. the participants had an average age of 30.6 years, and 75.8 percent were white. The data were analyzed using cluster analysis. Results revealed three types of battering men: family-only aggressors, generalized aggressors, and emotionally volatile aggressors. The clustering variables explained 90 percent of the variance in the assignment to categories. The findings indicated the need for more refined intervention strategies after immediate steps have been taken to stop both the abuse and the justifications for it. The generally violent man may need help in uncovering and healing his psychic wounds from childhood, stopping his alcohol abuse, and improving impulse control through cognitive restructuring. The emotionally volatile man may need help in expressing feelings in non- aggressive ways. the family-only aggressor, who suppresses his emotions, may gain most from interventions that emphasize the communication aspects of assertiveness training, after being given "permission" to express anger and other emotions and to understand his assertive rights. Tables and 45 references
Main Term(s): Abusing spouses ; Offender profiles
Index Term(s): Treatment offender matching ; Behavior typologies ; Psychological evaluation ; Spouse abuse treatment programs
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