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Personality Disorder Traits, Trauma, and Risk in Perpetrators of Domestic Violence

Green, Kathleen; Browne, Kevin

Authors

KATHLEEN GREEN KATHLEEN.GREEN@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Assistant Professor of Forensic Psychology

KEVIN BROWNE kevin.browne@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Forensic Psychology and Child Health



Abstract

Crimes committed against partners and family members have devastating effects on victims. Unfortunately, recidivism rates for offenders are high, and there is a need to establish risk factors that may be potential treatment targets. This study aimed to investigate childhood maltreatment, symptoms of trauma, and personality disorder (PD) traits in males convicted of domestic violence (DV) offences. Data were extracted from the files of 40 males under the supervision of the probation service in the United Kingdom. Actual return to custody was recorded after a minimum follow-up of 6 months. Self-reported childhood maltreatment was associated with increases in PD traits, posttraumatic symptoms, and assessed risk. However, maltreatment did not predict return to custody. Tension-reducing behaviours and depressive symptoms predicted return to custody as did antisocial PD. These preliminary findings highlight important areas of future research, in particular, factors which may be relevant treatment targets in reducing the risk of recidivism.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2020
Journal International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Print ISSN 0306-624X
Electronic ISSN 1552-6933
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 64
Issue 2-3
Pages 147-166
APA6 Citation Green, K., & Browne, K. (2020). Personality Disorder Traits, Trauma, and Risk in Perpetrators of Domestic Violence. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 64(2-3), 147-166. https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624x19826516
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624x19826516
Keywords Applied Psychology; Pathology and Forensic Medicine; Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
Publisher URL https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0306624X19826516
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