Assessing male batterers with the personality assessment inventory

Anthony L. Chambers*, Melvin N. Wilson

*Corresponding author for this work

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    In this study, we sought to provide empirical data on the utility of the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI; Morey, 1991) for the assessment of male batterers. The sample consisted of 93 men who were court mandated to treatment. In the study, we were able to replicate 2 of 3 clusters (borderline/dysphoric and nonelevated) commonly found in the literature on male batterers; however, we only partially replicated the 3rd cluster (antisocial/narcissistic). This new finding may reflect a difference in the assessment instrument used to assess male batterers (i.e., PAI). In this study, we also investigated a previously understudied subgroup of batterers, specifically, men who engage in positive impression management. In this study, we conclude that the PAI is a potentially useful instrument in assessing male batterers and provide suggestions for future research.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)57-65
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Feb 2007

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Clinical Psychology
    • Psychiatry and Mental health
    • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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