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NCJ Number: 120520 Find in a Library
Title: Path Analytic Approach to the Validation of a Taxonomic System for Classifying Child Molesters
Journal: Journal of Quantitative Criminology  Volume:5  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1989)  Pages:231-257
Author(s): R A Prentky; R A Knight; R Rosenberg; A Lee
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 27
Grant Number: 82-IJ-CX-0058; MH32309
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The taxonomy for child molesters developed at the Massachusetts Treatment Center (MTC:CM3) is validated by a study of 177 child molesters.
Abstract: This version of the classification system MTC:CM3 has three major changes: (1) partitioning of the "regressed/fixated" dichotomy into separate factors -- level of social competence and degree of fixation on children; (2) filling of the empirically determined gap between the object-oriented offender and the antisocial, exploitative offender with a new type -- the "narcissistic" type; and (3) differentiation of the violence in the sexual offense into nonsadistic and sadistic components. For the study, child molesters committed to the Treatment Center were classified by MTC:CM3 and variables from the clinical files were coded and rationally grouped by developmental period and subjected to principal-components analysis (PCA). Regression analyses yielded three path models indicating that the new subtypes created had distinct developmental courses and adult adaptations. 1 table, 4 figures, 67 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Child molesters
Index Term(s): Behavior typologies; Child abuse causes
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