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NCJ Number: 212094 Find in a Library
Title: Examination of the Relationship Between Child Sexual Offending and Psychopathy
Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:14  Issue:3  Dated:2005  Pages:49-66
Author(s): Arthur David Rosenberg; Steven C. Abell; Jean Kanitz Mackie
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 18
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined relationships between type of child sexual offender, the use of violence during the most recent child sexual offense, criminal versatility, and psychopathy.
Abstract: Current research on the relationship of psychopathy to child sexual offending has led to interesting findings that deserve more research attention. The current study analyzed the relationship between psychopathy and a variety of child sexual offending factors. Main hypotheses under investigation were: (1) psychopathy scores would be highest for same-sex extrafamilial child sexual offenders, lower for opposite-sex extrafamilial child sexual offenders, and lowest for incest offenders; (2) psychopathy scores would be positively associated with violent sexual offending; and (3) psychopathy scores would be related to criminal versatility. Participants were 111 adult males accused of sexual crimes against children 16 years of age or younger who completed the Revised Psychopathy Checklist (PCL-R) and were evaluated by staff on measures of criminal responsibility and competency to stand trial. Results of statistical analyses indicated no differences between type of child sexual offenders and psychopathy. Moreover, no significant relationship was observed between criminal versatility and psychopathy for child sexual offenders. Results did indicate, however, higher psychopathy scores for child sexual offenders who employed violence against their victims. Future research may gain a greater understanding of these interactions by viewing psychopathy as a continuous variable rather than as a dichotomous variable. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Psychopaths
Index Term(s): Criminality prediction; Offense characteristics; Psychological research
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