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NCJ Number: 158237 Find in a Library
Title: Self-Esteem and Parental Attachments in Child Molesters
Journal: Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment  Volume:7  Issue:4  Dated:(October 1995)  Pages:279-285
Author(s): W L Marshall; A Mazzacco
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 7
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study evaluated self-esteem and the quality of parental attachment among 24 nonfamilial child molesters and 23 nonoffenders.
Abstract: Both groups completed the Social Self-Esteem Inventory, Parental Acceptance-Rejection Questionnaire, Family Violence Scale, Childhood Sexual Abuse Scale, and Personality Questionnaire. The results support the hypothesis that child molesters suffered from a deficit in their self-esteem in social situations. The results also confirm previous findings showing a higher frequency of childhood sexual abuse among child molesters. The findings showed a relationship between parental rejection and low self-esteem among these subjects; however, there was no difference between sexual offenders and nonoffenders in perceived parental rejection. Maternal, rather than paternal, rejection was linked to low self- esteem in this study. 1 table and 28 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Child molesters; Offender-nonoffender comparisons; Parental influence; Self concept; Statistics
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