Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 259–274

Personality Profiles of Veterans Entering Treatment for Domestic Violence

  • Bertram Rothschild
  • Carolyn Dimson
  • Ragnar Storaasli
  • Lori Clapp
Article

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to reveal the typical personality profiles of veterans who have been perpetrators of domestic violence. Cluster analysis revealed that the MCMI-II profiles of 183 veterans entering treatment for domestic violence at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center fell into three clusters. These clusters were labeled Subclinical Narcissism, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and High General Psychopathology/ Substance Dependence. The typical MCMI-II profile for each cluster is discussed in terms how it might be associated with domestic violence. As this typology enables a fuller understanding of veterans who have been perpetrators of domestic violence, it can provide useful information for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

domestic violence veterans personality profiles multivariate research 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bertram Rothschild
    • 1
  • Carolyn Dimson
    • 1
  • Ragnar Storaasli
    • 2
  • Lori Clapp
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Veterans Affairs Medical CenterDenver
  2. 2.Graduate School of Professional PsychologyUniversity of DenverDenver
  3. 3.Department of Veterans Affairs Medical CenterDenver

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