Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 73–80 | Cite as

Personality Profiles in a Group of Battered Women: Clinical and Care Implications

  • Carles Pérez-TestorEmail author
  • Josep A. Castillo
  • Montserrat Davins
  • Manel Salamero
  • Marta San-Martino
Original Article


Personality patterns, psychopathological symptomatology, dyadic relationship adjustment, and the characteristics of abuse suffered by a sample of women who attended residential services for battered women in Barcelona (Spain) are evaluated in this study. Over half the women had suffered psychological, physical, and sexual abuse on the part of her partner, mostly of long duration, and this had also been suffered by their children. The results obtained using the MCMI-II show a relatively low presence of anxious or depressive symptomatology and the predominance of a schizoid personality pattern. This means that clinical efforts need to be directed towards countering emotional withdrawal and social isolation. The importance of studying interpersonal patterns amongst battered women with a view to optimizing care and to preventing future victimization is also discussed.


Battered women Personality Clinical care 



This research was supported by grants from the Institut Català de la Dona (U/01-6, Government of Catalonia) and Departament d’Universitats, Recerca i Societat de la Informació (2001FI 00522).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carles Pérez-Testor
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Josep A. Castillo
    • 1
    • 2
  • Montserrat Davins
    • 2
  • Manel Salamero
    • 1
  • Marta San-Martino
    • 1
  1. 1.Vidal i Barraquer Institute for Mental HealthRamon Llull UniversityBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Faculty of Psychology BlanquernaRamon Llull UniversityBarcelonaSpain

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