Borderline Personality in Perpetrators of Psychological and Physical Abuse

  title={Borderline Personality in Perpetrators of Psychological and Physical Abuse},
  author={Donald G. Dutton and Andrew J. Starzomski},
  journal={Violence and Victims},
  pages={327 - 337}
The present study is an extension of research that examined the relationship between borderline personality organization (BPO), anger (assessed with the Multidimensional Anger Inventory [MAI]), and wife abuse in 120 men who had committed wife assault. Seventy-five female partners reported on physical and psychological abuse by the men, using the Conflict Tactics Scale and the Psychological Maltreatment of Women Inventory. The men's BPO self-report scores correlated significantly with their… 

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