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NCJ Number: 142236 Find in a Library
Title: Battered or Schizophrenic? Psychological Tests Can't Tell (From Feminist Perspectives on Wife Abuse, 1988, P 200-216, Kersti Yllo and Michele Bograd, eds. -- See NCJ 142227)
Author(s): L B Rosewater
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Four groups of white, black, and Hispanic battered women participated in a study designed to determine if a Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) profile existed for battered women: 50 battered women from Women Together (a battered women's shelter), 29 battered women from the Family Violence Program, 27 battered women from the Witness Victim Service Center, and 12 women not currently in abusive situations.
Abstract: The 3-point mean MMPI profile found for currently battered women indicates that battered women are angry, but this anger is retroflected and directed inward. These battered women were confused and overwhelmed by the violence in their lives. Two scales were particularly low for the currently battered women tested: scales that measure intactness, how strong an individual feels internally, ego strength, and how well an individual feels able to cope. The currently battered women did not score as typically passive. Formerly battered women tended to have similar configurations but lower elevations than the currently battered. The currently battered women had elevations on the scale that measures paranoia/fearfulness. 1 note, 1 table, and 34 references
Main Term(s): Abused women; Psychological evaluation
Index Term(s): Abused spouse profiles; Domestic assault; Mental disorders; Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
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