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The "sick but slick" syndrome as a personality component of parents of battered children.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1249232     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Thirteen parents convicted in court of battering their children and 13 matched controls were administered a battery of personality tests, with significant differences obtained on 5 of 21 study variables. Battering parents appeared healthier on those instruments based on content validity, where the social desirability of the items is more obvious. They appeared more disturbed (i.e., psychopathic) on items based on concurrent or statistical validity. It was concluded that battering parents were psychopathically disturbed, but whenever possible presented a distorted picture of themselves as healthy and unlikely to abuse their children. This tendency has been labeled the "sick but slick syndrome."
L Wright
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical psychology     Volume:  32     ISSN:  0021-9762     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Psychol     Publication Date:  1976 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1976-04-10     Completed Date:  1976-04-10     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0217132     Medline TA:  J Clin Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  41-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Antisocial Personality Disorder / complications,  diagnosis
Battered Child Syndrome*
Child Abuse*
Defense Mechanisms
Intelligence Tests
Projective Techniques
Rorschach Test
Social Desirability

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