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NCJ Number: 218145 Find in a Library
Title: Personality Profiles in a Group of Battered Women: Clinical and Care Implications
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:22  Issue:2  Dated:February 2007  Pages:63-72
Author(s): Carles Perez-Testor; Josep A. Castillo; Montserrat Davins; Manel Salamero; Marta San-Martino
Date Published: February 2007
Page Count: 10
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Information presented on a sample of battered women (n=18) who received residential services in Barcelona, Spain, includes personality patterns, psychopathological symptoms, dyadic relationship adjustment, and the characteristics of their abuse.
Abstract: Sixteen of the 18 women had experienced various forms of abuse, and 10 had been victims of physical, psychological, and sexual abuse. The authors conclude that psychological abuse occurred whenever any kind of aggression was involved. Indicators of more severe abuse were the presence of sexual aggression, the length of time over which the abuse occurred, high frequency of abuse, and the male partner's abuse of the children. Based on the women's scores on the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-II (MCMI-II), they had low levels of anxiety and depressive symptoms and had a predominance of a schizoid personality pattern. This manifests itself in withdrawal and social isolation. These latter symptoms and associated behavioral patterns should be the focus of treatment. The instruments used to assess the women were the MCMI-II, the Dyadic Adjustment Scale, and an adapted version of the Semistructured Interview on Domestic Abuse. 2 tables and 47 references
Main Term(s): Victim profiles
Index Term(s): Battered wives; Battered wives treatment; Domestic assault; Foreign criminal justice research; Psychological victimization effects; Spain; Victims of violent crime
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