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Psychosocial Particularities of Violent Acts in Personality Disorders

Psychosocial Particularities of Violent Acts in Personality Disorders


Anamaria CIUBARA, Roxana CHIRITA, Lucian Stefan BURLEA, Valeriu Vasile LUPU, Cozmin MIHAI, Stefana Maria MOISA, Ilinca UNTU

Cod: ISSN: 1583-3410 (print), ISSN: 1584-5397 (electronic)
Dimensiuni: pp. 265-272

How to cite this article:

Ciubara, A., Chirita, R., Burlea, L.S., Lupu, V.V., Mihai, C., Moisa, S.M., Untu, I. (2016). Psychosocial Particularities of Violent Acts in Personality Disorders. Revista de Cercetare si Interventie Sociala, 52, 265-272.


Personality disorders are represented by a behavioural pattern associated with recurrent violation of moral principles and social rules. Personality disorders – especially antisocial and borderline, but also the others, usually in unpredictable ways – are frequent diagnostics among the individuals psychiatrically analyzed at the request of authorities for committing violent infractions. Through their features are centred on maladjustment and on the desire to alter the environment according to their own structure, personality disorders lead to violent acts, sometimes extremely serious. Maladjustment pattern is part of a real vicious circle, which leads almost invariably to a socio-familial integrative deficit and to professional adjustment issues. In their turn, they entail increased frustrations, aggravated impulsive tendencies, as well as higher interpretability (when it is already present). Consequently, all these aspects favour the commission of violent, criminal acts, which end up compromising irremediably the social integration of individuals who suffer from a personality disorder. It is necessary to pinpoint the certain predictors of criminal behaviour, by the characteristics of each personality disorder, in order to assess their aggravating or intensifying factors and to prevent it effectively, for both the protection of potential victims and a better social integration of individuals diagnosed with various psychopathies.


personality disorder, violent behaviour, criminal population, maladjustment, infractions, social integration.

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