Personality correlates of men who batter and nonviolent men: Some continuities and discontinuities

  title={Personality correlates of men who batter and nonviolent men: Some continuities and discontinuities},
  author={L. Kevin Hamberger and James E. Hastings},
  journal={Journal of Family Violence},
The present study investigated personality and family-of-origin differences among three groups of domestically violent men and a nonviolent comparison group, matched for age and education. The domestic violence groups consisted of male batterers referred for treatment (agency identified batterers) who were alcoholic (n=38) or nonalcoholic (n=61), and a third group who were identified through community sampling as maritally violent (n=28 community batterers). Multivariate analyses of variance of… Expand

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