Personality profiles in a group of battered women: Clinical and care implications

Carles Pérez-Testor, Josep A. Castillo, Montserrat Davins, Manel Salamero, Marta San-Martino

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-80
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007


  • Battered women
  • Clinical care
  • Personality

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