ERIC Number: ED314657
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-12
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Personality Structure of Batterers and Nonbatterers: Qualitative and Quantitative Differences.
Hamberger, L. Kevin; Hastings, James E.
This study was conducted to compare sufficiently large samples of male batterers (N=99) and help-seeking nonbatterers (N=71) on factor structure of the eight personality scales on the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI) and MCMI profiles within similar subgroup types. The groups were matched on age, education range, marital status, and race. Factor analyses of the eight MCMI personality subscales for the two groups revealed three factors for each group, accounting for 80% of the variance in each group. For the batterer sample, the three factors derived were borderline/schizoidal, histrionic/narcissistic, and antisocial/narcissistic. The three factors derived for nonbatterers were avoidant, antisocial/narcissistic, and passive/aggressive. Further analyses revealed that the two groups were qualitatively different on all but one factor for each group. Between-group analyses on the eight subscales between factor 2 nonviolent men and factor 3 batterers indicated that the batterer group scored higher than the nonbatterer group on avoidant, aggressive, and negativistic subscales and lower on the conforming subscale. In general, nonviolent men were more highly represented in the narcissistic/aggressive factor while batterers were more highly represented in the avoidant/negativistic factor. These findings suggest that there are both qualitative and quantitative differences in personality characteristics of domestically violent and nonviolent men. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (97th, New Orleans, LA, August 11-15, 1989).