Development of personality disorder symptoms and the risk for partner violence.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In a community sample (N = 543) followed over 20 years, the authors studied associations among childhood family violence exposure, personality disorder (PD) symptoms, and adult partner violence. PD symptoms (DSM-III-R Clusters A, B, and C) in early adulthood partially mediated the effect of earlier childhood risks on the odds of perpetrating partner violence. The authors tested whether stability of PD symptoms from adolescence to the early 20s differs for individuals who later perpetrated partner violence. Cluster A ("Odd/Eccentric") symptoms declined less with age among partner violent versus nonviolent men and women. Cluster B ("Dramatic/Erratic") symptoms were more stable through late adolescence in partner violent men, compared with nonviolent men and violent women. Cluster C ("Anxious") symptoms were most stable among partner violent men.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ehrensaft, MK; Cohen, P; Johnson, JG

Published Date

  • August 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 115 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 474 - 483

PubMed ID

  • 16866588

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-843X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/0021-843X.115.3.474


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States