ISSN 2586-0151 (Print)
ISSN 2586-0046 (Online)
Volume 14, Number 2 (2/2018)
Original Article <page. 112-9 >

A Comparison of Emotional Characteristics of Women Charged with Homicide or Non-violent Crimes : Focused on Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2

Se Young Oh, MD1;Myung Ho Lim, MD2;Ji Suk Jaung, PhD(ABD)3;Mi Kyung Lyu, MD1;Kyoung-Ok Lim, MD1;Seon Kyung Kim, MD1;Soyeong Jang, MD1;Seung-Min Cha, MD1; and Jong Hyuk Choi, MD1;

1;Departments of Psychiatry, 3;Psychology, National Forensic Hospital, Gongju, 2;Department of Psychology, College of Heealth Science, Dankook University, Cheonan, Korea

Objective : This study aims to identify personality characteristics in female homicide offenders by using the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) test.

Methods : This study retrospectively analyzed the mental appraisals and MMPI-2 scores of 54 women charged with homicide and 67 women charged with non-violent crimes, who were referred to National Forensic Hospital in Gongju city for psychiatric evaluation between January 2012 and March 2016.

Results : Women charged with homicide scored significantly higher on Hs (p=0.018), D (p<0.001), Hy (p=0.002) and Pt (p=0.004) than the women charged with non-violent crimes. The women charged with homicide may have developed the following characteristics: hypochondriasis, depression, hysteria and psychasthenia. In multiple regression analyses, a final regression model including age of crime onset and depression was significant, explaining 16.5% of the variance in homicides committed by females.

Conclusion : These findings suggest that personality characteristics in the female homicide offenders might be different compared to the non-violent crime offenders.


Key words : Female homicide offender;Minnesota multiphasic personality inventory-2;Depression.

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