Is there a difference? Examining MMPI-2 personality scales of female and male perpetrators of intimate partner violence
Domestic violence is a national concern and cause for worry. While people of some nations and societies are more prone to domestic violence compared to others, most agree that it is a social and economic problem. Most of the research and treatment programs for domestic violence tend to treat women as victims. However, studies have shown that men are equally, if not more, abused in intimate relationships. Female perpetrators of domestic violence often exhibit different personality traits as compared to male perpetrators.
The focus of this study was to identify and explore the differences in personalities between male and female perpetrators of domestic violence. MMPI-2 subscales Pa, Si, Pd, L, M–F, 0-H, and D were examined. This study found that there were no significant differences in the personality subscales of female and male perpetrators. The findings of this study bring about broad implications regarding the factors leading to female to male abuse; primarily the controversial stance that women can and do inflict violence toward their male counterparts for similar reasons.
0625: Personality psychology