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Child Abuse Negl. 2012 Apr;36(4):379-82. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2011.09.018. Epub 2012 May 7.

Psychopathy among pedophilic and nonpedophilic child molesters.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, University of Utah, 380 S. 1530 E., Room 502, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA.



Among men who commit sexual offenses against children, at least 2 distinct groups can be identified on the basis of the age of the primary targets of their sexual interest; pedophiles and nonpedophiles.


In the present report, across 2 independent samples of both types of child molesters as well as controls, a total of 104 men (53 pedophilic and 51 nonpedophilic) who had sexually offended against a child age 13 or younger were compared to each other (and to 49 non-sex offender controls) on psychopathy as assessed by the Psychopathic Personality Inventory (PPI).


In both samples of child molesters, the nonpedophiles scored as significantly more psychopathic than the pedophiles.


These results provide further evidence of the importance of distinguishing between these groups of offenders.

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