Antisocial personality disorder, affect dysregulation and childhood abuse among incarcerated women

J Pers Disord. Spring 1999;13(1):90-5. doi: 10.1521/pedi.1999.13.1.90.


The aim of this study was to examine the role of affect dysregulation and childhood abuse in antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), using a sample of incarcerated women. Subjects for this study were 85 incarcerated women who were administered structured interviews to assess for ASPD, borderline personality disorder (BPD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), childhood trauma, and affect dysregulation. Using a series of logistic regressions, this study found that a greater degree of affect dysregulation--in particular, poor anger modulation--was significantly related to ASPD, controlling for BPD and PTSD in women prisoners. After controlling for BPD, recent self mutilation was not significantly related to ASPD. Likewise, a history of childhood abuse was not significantly associated with ASPD.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Affective Symptoms / diagnosis*
  • Affective Symptoms / epidemiology
  • Affective Symptoms / psychology
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / epidemiology
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / psychology
  • Child
  • Child Abuse / diagnosis*
  • Child Abuse / psychology
  • Child Abuse / statistics & numerical data
  • Comorbidity
  • Expressed Emotion
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events
  • Logistic Models
  • Models, Psychological
  • Prisoners / psychology
  • Prisoners / statistics & numerical data*
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales / statistics & numerical data
  • Self Mutilation / diagnosis
  • Self Mutilation / epidemiology
  • Self Mutilation / psychology
  • Sex Factors
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / diagnosis*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / epidemiology
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology