College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Assessment of Cognitive Functioning in Men who Batter

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2001

Keywords

Adult, Aggression, Cognition Disorders, Neuropsychological Tests, Severity of Illness Index, Spouse Abuse.

Publication Title

International Journal of Neuroscience

ISSN

0020-7454

Volume

111

Issue/No.

3-4

Abstract

The present investigation examined neuropsychological functioning in 50 male batterers court-ordered into treatment and 23 nonpatient controls. Subjects were administered a neuropsychological screening battery consisting of the Screening Test for the Luria-Nebraska Neuropsychological Battery, the Stroop Color and Word Test, two memory subtests from the Luria-Nebraska Neuropsychological Battery-III (Figural Memory and Delayed Figural Memory), and two subtests from the Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Battery (Trails A & B). Subjects were categorized as having neuropsychological dysfunction if their scores exceeded the statistical cut offs on two or more subtests. Results indicated that 24 (48%) of the male batterers exhibited cognitive dysfunction, as compared to only 1 (4.3%) of the nonpatient controls. Inspection of individual neuropsychological measures indicated poorer performance across all subtests for impaired male batterers as compared to both nonimpaired batterers and normal controls. In contrast, no significant differences on any of these measures emerged between nonimpaired male batterers and normal controls. Implications for the appropriate screening and treatment of male batterers are discussed.

DOI

10.3109/00207450108994235