Borderline and antisocial personality scores as mediators between attachment and intimate partner violence

Anne Mauricio, Jenn-Yun Tein, Frederick G. Lopez

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Abstract

Court-mandated male batterers (n = 192) attending an intervention program completed measures examining adult attachment orientations (anxious and avoidant), personality disorders (borderline and antisocial), type of violence (psychological and physical), and social desirability. Structural equation modeling was used to determine whether there were significant relationships between anxious attachment and physical and psychological violence that are mediated by either borderline or antisocial personality disorders. Social desirability was included in both models as a covariate. Results indicated that personality disorders fully mediated the relationship between avoidant attachment and physical as well as psychological violence. Personality disorders only partially mediated the relationship between anxious attachment and psychological violence. Implications for intervention are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-157
Number of pages19
JournalViolence and victims
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

Keywords

  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Batterer
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Etiology
  • Intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law

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