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Women who finished a violent relationship: personality, psychopathological, and socio-demographic characteristics [Mujeres que finalizaron una relación maltratante: características de personalidad, psicopatológicas y sociodemográficas]

Keywords: Partner violence , women , personality , psychopathology , demographics

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This study examined the personality, psychopathological, and socio-demographic characteristics of women that concluded a violent partner relationship (n=54), comparing them with women that continued with this type of relationship (n=41). The participants are between 18-60 years (M=37.4). The applied instruments were a socio-demographic survey, the Big Five Questionnaire of Personality (Caprara, Barbaranelli, Borgogni & Perugini, 1995), and the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (Sheehan & Lecrubier, 2000). The participants that finished the abusive relationship presented bigger punctuations in the dimensions of Agreeableness, Neuroticism, and Openness, a lower number of children, bigger help-seeking in government institutions after the violence episodes, and a lower prevalence of mayor depressive episode, dysthymia, low suicidal risk, panic disorder, agoraphobia, and generalized anxiety.

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