Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 87–96 | Cite as

Personality Profiles in Abused Women Receiving Psychotherapy According to the Existence of Childhood Abuse

  • Montse Davins-Pujols
  • Carles Pérez-Testor
  • Manel Salamero-Baró
  • Josep A. Castillo-Garayoa
Original Article


This study explores the personality profiles and the influence of childhood abuse on personality profiles of a group of 142 female victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) who attended a specialized, free care, public outpatient psychological care service in Spain. Characteristics of the abuse were obtained through a semi-structured interview, and personality profiles were assessed using the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-II (Millon, 1983/1999), validated for the Spanish population. Results revealed that most of the women showed elevations on the basic personality scales, especially on the Dependent, Avoidant, Self-defeating, and Compulsive scales. Women who suffered childhood abuse presented greater elevations in Avoidant, Antisocial, Passive-Aggressive, Self-defeating, and Borderline scales. The importance of studying the effects of violence in intimate relationships in order to analyze prevention and intervention strategies is discussed.


Intimate partner violence Personality profiles History of childhood abuse 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Montse Davins-Pujols
    • 1
    • 2
  • Carles Pérez-Testor
    • 1
  • Manel Salamero-Baró
    • 1
  • Josep A. Castillo-Garayoa
    • 1
  1. 1.Ramon Llull UniversityBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Vidal i Barraquer Institute for Mental HealthBarcelonaSpain

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