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Client Personality Disorders Affecting Wife Assault Post-Treatment Recidivism

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Previous evaluations of wife assault treatment outcome have focused generically on whether groups "succeed" or not without a clear criterion of what constituted success. The present study examines the question for whom groups generate the greatest reduction in post-treatment abuse and for whom they work least well. It was found that certain types of personality disordered men had the worst post-treatment prognosis. Specifically, men with high scores on borderline personality, antisocial personality, and avoidant personality fared least well after treatment. However, taken as a generic group, men in treatment had significantly reduced post-treatment abusiveness whether reported by themselves or their wives.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: 1: University of British Columbia 2: B.C. Institute on Family Violence 3: Simon Fraser University

Publication date: January 1, 1997

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