Assessing Gender Role of Partner-Violent Men Using the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2): Comparing Abuser Types Academic Article uri icon


  • This study investigated traditional masculine gender role differences between male partner abuser types using the Masculinity/Femininity subsection scales of Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) Structural Summary. We examined differences between four groups of partner-violent men (borderline, antisocial, psychotic features, and nonpathological partner violent) and one group of nonpartner-violent men on five MMPI-2 subscales: Masculinity-Femininity, Gender Role-Feminine, Gender Role-Masculine, Ego Inflation, and Low Self-esteem. Results indicated that the borderline group reported the most consistent traditional feminine gender role orientation of all the groups, whereas the antisocial group reported the most consistent traditional masculine gender role orientation of all the groups. The psychotic features group reported characteristics associated with both traditional masculinity and traditional feminine gender role making it distinct among all the groups. The nonpathological intimately violent group and the nonpartner-violent group reported no extreme scores when compared with the other three groups. The borderline and antisocial groups reported significantly more exposure to family of origin violence and use of more severe forms of partner abuse than the other three partner abuse groups. Treatment implications are addressed. 2010 American Psychological Association.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Lawson, D. M., Brossart, D. F., & Shefferman, L. W.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Lawson, David M||Brossart, Dan F||Shefferman, Lee W

publication date

  • January 1, 2010 11:11 AM