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NCJ Number: 148018 Find in a Library
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:38  Issue:1  Dated:(Spring 1994)  Pages:69-77
Author(s): S G Vaupel; Goeke J M
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 9
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using a sample of 40 white male incest perpetrators, this study examined the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) profiles of offenders who admitted their offense compared to offenders who denied their offense at the time of the initial assessment.
Abstract: The results supported previous research in confirming that, overall, incest perpetrators have heterogenous MMPI profile codetypes. Further analysis revealed significant differences between offenders who admitted their crimes and those who did not. However, the MMPI characteristics that discriminated between the two perpetrator groups were not related to differing elevations of scales or to differences in validity scale indices per se. The evidence suggests two psychometrically determined incest perpetrator subtypes related to offense admission status. Those who admitted their incest tended to be socially isolated individuals who were repressing negative affect and unresolved gender identification issues. Those who denied their offense were characterized by rigidity, impulsivity, externalized anger, and greater sociopathy. 3 tables, 1 figure, and 16 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Child molesters; Confessions; Incest; Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory; Victims of Crime
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