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The European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context

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


HERRERO, Juan; TORRES, Andrea; FERNANDEZ-SUAREZ, Asunción  and  RODRIGUEZ-DIAZ, Francisco J.. Generalists versus specialists: toward a typology of batterers in prison. The European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context [online]. 2016, vol.8, n.1, pp.19-26. ISSN 1989-4007.

In this study we apply the versatile/specialist offender debate to the research of intimate partner violence. We propose the existence of two types of imprisoned male batterers: the generalist and the specialist batterer. The individual, family, and community characteristics of these types of batterers are further explored in 110 imprisoned males in the Penitentiary of Villabona (Spain). As for the individual characteristics, results indicate that the generalist batterer present higher levels of psychopathology (specially antisocial and borderline personality), sexist attitudes, and substance dependence. Specialist batterers presented higher levels of conflict in their family of origin. Finally, generalist batterers reported coming from more socially disordered communities and showed lower levels of participation and integration in these communities than the specialist batterer. These results suggest that the classical distinctions among batterers based on psychopathology and context of violence (whether general or family only) might be of little utility when applied to imprisoned male batterers.

Keywords : Batterer; Imprisoned; Typology; Psychopathology; Community; Family; Criminal history.

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