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A large sample empirical typology of male spouse abusers and its relationship to dimensions of abuse. Violence Vict 1996;11(4):277-92



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A number of studies have described typologies of domestically violent men. Holtzworth-Munroe and Stuart (1994) recently proposed a theoretical model for predicting violence severity and generality from personality "type." The present study, using data from 833 identified abusive men, tested the model. Personality types were determined from cluster analysis of data from the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory, and resulted in a three-cluster solution consistent with the Holtzworth-Munroe and Stuart model. The three main clusters included nonpathological, antisocial, and passive aggressive-dependent groups. Three other, smaller types were also identified. Multivariate and chi-square analyses comparing the main clusters on other variables generally supported the Holtzworth-Munroe and Stuart model. Nonpathological men had the lowest maximum violence and frequency. They restricted their violence primarily to intimate relationships and had the fewest police contacts. Antisocial and passive aggressive-dependent men did not differ in maximum violence, but antisocial men were the most generally violent and had the most police contacts. Passive aggressive-dependent men had the highest frequency of violence. Clinical, theoretical and methodological implications are discussed.

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Hamberger LK, Lohr JM, Bonge D, Tolin DF


L Kevin Hamberger PhD Professor in the Family Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Antisocial Personality Disorder
Cluster Analysis
Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder
Personality Disorders
Personality Inventory
Spouse Abuse
jenkins-FCD Prod-468 69a93cef3257f26b866d455c1d2b2d0f28382f14