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NCJ Number: 149345 Find in a Library
Title: Borderline Personality in Perpetrators of Psychological and Physical Abuse
Journal: Violence and Victims  Volume:8  Issue:4  Dated:(Winter 1993)  Pages:327-337
Author(s): D G Dutton; A J Starzomski
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 11
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: This study is an extension of research that examined the relationship between borderline personality organization (BPO), anger, and wife abuse in 120 men who had committed wife assault.
Abstract: The Self-Report Instrument for Borderline Personality Organization is a 30-item instrument derived through factor analysis of a 130-item questionnaire designed by the authors. The Multidimensional Anger Inventory (MAI) is a 38- item self-report scale that assesses the following dimensions of anger response: frequency, duration, magnitude, mode of express, hostile outlook, and range of anger-eliciting situations. Seventy-five female partners reported on physical and psychological abuse by the men, using the Conflict Tactics Scale and the Psychological Maltreatment of Women Inventory. The men's BPO self-report scores correlated significantly with their partners' reports of their abusiveness as assessed by these scales. Three self-report subscale scores on the MAI and one on the BPO scale accounted for 50 percent of the variance in their partners' reports of domination and isolation and for 35 percent of the women's reports of emotional abuse. 2 tables and 35 references
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Abusing spouses; Criminology; Offender profiles; Psychological evaluation
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