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NCJ Number: 148916 Find in a Library
Title: Psychological Differences Between Court-Referred and Self-Referred Wife Assaulters
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:21  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1994)  Pages:203-222
Author(s): D G Dutton; A J Starzomski
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Dept of National Health and Welfare
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1B4, Canada
Canada Solicitor General
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8, Canada
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Forty court-referred and 40 self-referred men in treatment for wife assault were assessed on a battery of psychopathology and personality measures.
Abstract: The men in the two referral groups did not differ significantly in demographic characteristics of age, education, alcohol use, ethnicity, and occupational status. The Conflict Tactics Scale measured the frequency and intensity of 19 tactics used by couples to resolve conflict. Other instruments used in the study were the Self-Report Instrument for Borderline Personality Organization, Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-II, Multidimensional Anger Inventory, Interpersonal Jealousy Scale, Michigan Alcohol Screening Test, Drug Abuse Screening Test, the Trauma Symptom Checklist, the Egna Minnen Betraffande Uppfostran, the Dyadic Adjustment Scale, and the Marlow-Crowne Social Desirability Scale. Men entering the Vancouver Assaultive Husbands Program and the Victoria Family violence Project were administered all the scales either prior to treatment or during the first 3 weeks of treatment. Although both groups exhibited high degrees of psychopathology and similar personality profiles, self-referred men scored significantly higher on borderline personality organization, marital conflict, anger, depression, and total trauma symptoms. The two groups exhibited distinct patterns of socially desirable responding. A discriminant function analysis of scores corrected for social desirability correctly classified 88 percent of the men into court-referred and self-referred groups. The study concludes with a discussion of the implications of the findings for theory, assessment, and treatment. 5 tables and 63 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Abusing spouses; Offender profiles; Offender statistics; Psychological influences on crime
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