Analysis of borderline personality organization among female and male domestic violence batterers
This study examined the relationship between aggression and borderline personality organization among female and male domestic violence batterers. Male and female participants from two batterer treatment programs ( n = 49), at the Psychological Services Center at Alliant International University, Fresno and the Las Palmas Counseling Center, and two criminology classes (n = 66) at California State University, Fresno completed a demographic questionnaire and two psychological instruments, the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III (MCMI-III) and the Revised Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS-2).
A chi-square analysis comparing Scale C (Borderline) scores on the MCMI-III of batterers and nonbatterers yielded a significant result. Batterers had higher scores on Scale C than did nonbatterers (p < .05). A MANOVA was conducted to assess the relationship between persons with and without Scale C elevations and levels of aggression. The overall interaction was not significant, however, the results showed a significant difference between groups on the CTS-2 Psychological Aggression scales. Persons with Scale C elevations had higher levels of psychological aggression than did persons with no elevation on Scale C (p < .05). A second MANOVA that compared CTS-2 subscale and Scale C scores of batterers and nonbatterers produced statistically significant results. Batterers had higher levels of aggression on all CTS-2 subscales except for the Sexual Coercion-Minor subscale and higher Scale C scores than did nonbatterers (p < .05). This finding is consistent with previous research that has shown batterers to be more aggressive than nonbatterers.