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Psychiatry Res. 2015 Sep 30;229(1-2):82-8. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2015.07.066. Epub 2015 Jul 23.

Juvenile sex offenders: Personality profile, coping styles and parental care.

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1
Psychiatry Unit, Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Neuroscience and Sense Organs of the "Aldo Moro" University of Bari, Piazza Giulio Cesare 1, Italy. Electronic address: francesco.margari@uniba.it.
2
Child Neuropsychiatry Unit, Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Neuroscience and Sense Organs of the "Aldo Moro" University of Bari, Italy.
3
Section of Criminology and Forensic Psychiatry, Department of Internal Medicine and Public Medicine, University of Bari, Italy.
4
Psychiatry Unit, Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Neuroscience and Sense Organs of the "Aldo Moro" University of Bari, Piazza Giulio Cesare 1, Italy.

Abstract

In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in juvenile sex offenders showing that this population is highly heterogeneous. The aim of the present study was to identify possible different profiles that could help understand the motivation behind offending, comparing 31 Juvenile Sexual Offenders (JSOs), 31 Juvenile Sexual Non Offenders (JSNOs) and 31 Juvenile Non Offenders (Control Group). A data collection form, the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-Adolescent (MMPI-A) or Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2), the Coping Inventory for Stressful Situations (CISS) and the Parental Bonding Inventory (PBI) were administered to all participants. The results show that JSOs differs from JNSOs in some domains, such as living in single-parent homes, while maintain some common aspects such as academic failure and previous sexual intercourse. Moreover, JNSOs showed more abnormal personality traits, such as Authority Problems, MacAndrew Alcoholism, Acknowledgement and Alcohol-Drug Problem Proneness compared to JSOs and the Control Group, while JSOs and JNSOs use a coping strategy more oriented to Avoidance and Distraction compared to the Control group. Finally, JSOs described the relationships with fathers characterized by higher care and protection than JNSOs. These findings provide additional evidence with respect the prevention and treatment of criminal sexual behavior in adolescent.

KEYWORDS:

Coping styles; Juvenile Sexual Non Offenders; Juvenile Sexual Offenders; Parental care; Sex crime personality profile

PMID:
26233829
DOI:
10.1016/j.psychres.2015.07.066
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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