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A Latent Classification of Male Batterers

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Abstract:

Regression latent class analysis was used to identify batterer subgroups with distinct violence patterns and to examine associations between class membership and adult attachment orientations as well as antisocial and borderline personality disorders. Results supported three batterer subgroups, with classes varying on frequency and severity of violence. The high-level violence class represented 40% of batterers, and both anxious and avoidant adult attachment orientations as well as borderline personality characteristics predicted membership in this class. The moderate-level violence class represented 35% of the batterers, and adult anxious attachment orientation was associated with membership in this class. The low-level violence class represented 25% of the sample and reported significantly less violence than other classes. Neither adult attachment orientations nor personality disorders predicted membership in this class.

Keywords: ANTISOCIAL PERSONALITY DISORDER; ATTACHMENT; BATTERER TYPOLOGY; BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER; DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/0886-6708.24.4.419

Publication date: August 1, 2009

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