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NCJ Number: 179240 Find in a Library
Title: Psychopathy in the Pedophile (From Psychopathy: Antisocial, Criminal, and Violent Behavior, P 304-320, 1998, Theodore Millon, Erik Simonsen, et al, eds.--See NCJ-179236)
Author(s): Darwin Dorr
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 17
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Type: Survey
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper argues that pedophilia may represent a special case or subcase of psychopathy and that the main aims of both the psychopath and the pedophile are to dominate, to use, and to subjugate another person in service of the grandiose self.
Abstract: The analysis considers the psychological sequelae of child sexual abuse, the characteristics of the psychopath, studies of the personality characteristics of pedophiles, and the failure of the ego function in pedophiles. It also reviews psychometric evidence of the relationship between psychopathy and child sexual abuse as measured through the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), as well as analyses of the pedophile in terms of Millon's theory of personality. It notes that the major differences between psychopaths and pedophiles are that the object of the predation for the pedophile is a child and that the overt behavioral manifestation of the pathology is sexual. In addition, the dynamics of psychopathy are clearly apparent in the majority of child molesters. Extrapolation of knowledge of the psychological dynamics of psychopathy may deepen understanding of the pedophile and thus may guide diagnostic and treatment interventions. Note and 40 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Antisocial attitudes; Child molesters; Deviance; Mental disorders; Personality assessment; Psychological evaluation; Psychopaths; Sex offender profiles
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