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The European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context

On-line version ISSN 1989-4007Print version ISSN 1889-1861

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GARCIA-JIMENEZ, Jesús J.; GODOY-FERNANDEZ, Carmen; LLOR-ESTEBAN, Bartolomé  and  RUIZ-HERNANDEZ, José Antonio. Differential profile in partner aggressors: prison vs. mandatory community intervention programs. The European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context [online]. 2014, vol.6, n.2, pp.69-77. ISSN 1989-4007.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejpal.2014.06.003.

In Spain, there are two types of sentence for partner aggressors: prison sentence and the alternative measure, specifically psychosocial intervention programs. The goal of this study was to determine differences in the delinquent and psychopathological profile of these aggressors as a function of the prison sentence received, for which the models proposed by Dutton (1995) and Holtzworth-Munroe and Stuart (1994) were followed. The sample was made up of 50 incarcerated aggressors and 40 men sentenced to mandatory community orders. The variables were obtained through a mixed method, with supervision of penitentiary case files, clinical interview for personality disorder (SCID-II), and self-reports for the personality profile (NEO-PI-R). Binary logistic regression was used to identify the final model, which best reveals the differences between both groups. The results describe the incarcerated aggressors' profile as having more altered risk factors at the socioeconomic, delinquent, and psychopathological levels. The three variables that increase the probability of belonging to the prison inmate group, according to the final model obtained were: use of weapons, drug consumption, and personality disorder. In contrast to other investigations, the high incidence in the outcomes of the target variables, mainly drug use and personality disorder, makes us wonder whether the diagnostic method used influenced the results in contrast to the exclusive use of self-reports, a goal to be confirmed in future studies.

Keywords : Partner violence; Delinquent profile; Psychopathology; Prison inmates; Mandatory community orders; Personality disorder.

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