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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.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

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.

METHOD:

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).

RESULTS:

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

CONCLUSIONS:

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

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