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Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología

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LILA, Marisol; GRACIA, Enrique  and  HERRERO, Juan. Responsibility assumption among male batterers: self-esteem, narcissistic and antisocial personality influence. rev.latinoam.psicol. [online]. 2012, vol.44, n.2, pp.99-108. ISSN 0120-0534.

The main aim of this study was to analyze the relation between responsibility assumption among men convicted for domestic violence against women and self-esteem, narcissistic personality and antisocial personality. Participants in the study were 177 men participating in a court-ordered batterer intervention program in the community. Three MANCOVAS were performed to analyze differences in responsibility attributions (victim-blaming, self-defense, and self-attribution), and minimization as a function of narcissistic and antisocial personality traits presence, and levels of self-esteem. All analysis controlled for social desirability. Significant differences were found only between groups of low and high self-esteem in minimization. Subjects with low self-esteem showed higher levels of minimization of the violence for which they were convicted. These results implications of for batterers intervention programs are discussed.

Keywords : criminal responsibility; self esteem; narcissism; antisocial personality; batterer intervention programs; family violence; battered females.

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