Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 193–204 | Cite as

Perpetrator Personality Effects on Post-Separation Victim Reactions in Abusive Relationships

  • Donald G. Dutton
  • Michelle Haring


Previous research has examined the influence of the abusive personality (Dutton, 1994a,b) on relationship dynamics. Men with high scores of abusive personality (borderline personality organization, anger and MCMI8: Negativity) generate more frequent and extreme forms of physical and emotional abuse in intimate relationships. Other lines of research have examined the role of these relationship features in influencing post-separation adjustment in women. The current study combines two data sets; one bearing on the first of these issues, the other on the second issue, in order to connect characteristics of the perpetrator's personality to post separation aspects of victim reaction. Substantial associations are found between abusive personality and relationship dynamics and between the latter and persistent attachment, trauma symptoms, and lowered self esteem in battered women.

abusive personality battered women domestic violence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald G. Dutton
    • 1
  • Michelle Haring
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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