Assessing the generalization of psychopathy in a clinical sample of domestic violence perpetrators

Matthew T. Huss, Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling

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This study proposed that domestic violence perpetrators in a clinical sample could be categorized into distinct subgroups and that a particular subgroup of batterers would exhibit sufficient psychopathic characteristics to be clinically meaningful. Participants were interviewed in order to gather a relevant social, familial, educational, criminal, and substance abuse history. They were then administered several psychological measures including the Psychopathy Checklist: Screening Version (PCL:SV). Results lent support to the empirical batterer typology identified by Holtzworth-Munroe, A., Meehan, J. C., Herron, K., Rehman, U., & Stuart, G. L. (2000). However, despite the presence of a more antisocial subgroup, psychopathy did not consistently differentiate among batterers across the measured dependent variables.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-586
Number of pages16
JournalLaw and Human Behavior
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2006

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Assessing the generalization of psychopathy in a clinical sample of domestic violence perpetrators. / Huss, Matthew T.; Langhinrichsen-Rohling, Jennifer.

In: Law and Human Behavior, Vol. 30, No. 5, 10.2006, p. 571-586.

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