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Law Hum Behav. 2011 Jun;35(3):188-99. doi: 10.1007/s10979-010-9221-9.

Psychopathy and sexual sadism.

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Department of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, School of Medicine, University of Regensburg, District Hospital, Universitaetsstrasse 84, 93053 Regensburg, Germany. andreas.mokros@medbo.de

Abstract

Psychopathic personality disorder and sexual sadism share several common characteristics, such as emotional detachment from the suffering of others or the preparedness to inflict pain or injuries. Based on a sample of 100 male forensic patients (all of them sex offenders, half of them sadistic), the concept of psychopathy and sexual sadism as a unified construct was tested empirically. Pooling indicator variables for psychopathic and sexually sadistic disorders showed that a two-factorial solution yielded a better fit than a single-factor model. The two factors identified psychopathy and sexual sadism as separate latent variables. More specifically, the data were compatible with a path model in which affective deficits and behavioral disinhibition of the psychopathy domain are precursors to sexually sadistic conduct.

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20393872
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10.1007/s10979-010-9221-9
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