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Psychopathy among pedophilic and nonpedophilic child molesters

Donald S. Strassberg, Angela Eastvold, J. Wilson Kenney & Yana Suchya

Child Abuse & Neglect; Volume 36, Issue 4, April 2012, Pages 379–382

 

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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