Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 323–341

Personality correlates of men who abuse their partners: A cross-validation study

  • L. Kevin Hamberger
  • James E. Hastings

DOI: 10.1007/BF00978276

Cite this article as:
Hamberger, L.K. & Hastings, J.E. J Fam Viol (1986) 1: 323. doi:10.1007/BF00978276


The present study was designed to replicate a previous investigation of personality profiles of men who abused their partners. The initial study found personality profiles reflecting general categories related to schizoidal /borderline, narcissistic/anti-social, and dependent/compulsive personality disorders. Cross-validation revealed a nearly identical replication of the initial findings. Further, as with the initial study, only about 12% of the subjects in the present effort showed no discernable psychopathology. It was concluded that (1) there is no unitary “batterer profile”, (2) the vast majority of batterers examined evidenced personality disordered profiles, and (3) personality and psychopathological processes must be considered as part of the constellation of psychosocial factors related to spouse abuse.

Key words

spouse abuse personality disorder abusive males, abuser characteristics 

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Kevin Hamberger
    • 1
  • James E. Hastings
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Family Practice, Medical College of WisconsinSoutheastern Family Practice CenterKenosha
  2. 2.Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation CenterZablocki V. A. Medical CenterUSA