Profiles of psychopathy in incarcerated sexual offenders

Stephen Porter, David Fairweather, Jeff Drugge, Hugues Hervé, Angela Birt, Douglas P. Boer

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The authors investigated whether psychopathy would contribute to the understanding of the heterogeneity of sexual violence. Using the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised, presence of psychopathy, callous personality (Factor 1), and chronic antisocial conduct (Factor 2) were examined in a diverse sample (N=329) of incarcerated sex offenders and nonsexual offenders categorized according to the nature of their crimes. Mixed rapist/molesters and rapists were more psychopathic than child molesters, although all sex offender groups showed elevated Factor 1 scores. A high proportion (64%) of offenders who had victimized both children and adults were psychopathic, indicative of a criminal whose thrill seeking is directed at diverse sexual victims (appropriately called a sexual psychopath). Furthermore, there were different factor scores and an interaction between factor scores and offense type. These profiles have implications for treatment and a comprehensive theory of sexual violence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-233
Number of pages18
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000
Externally publishedYes

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Porter, Stephen ; Fairweather, David ; Drugge, Jeff ; Hervé, Hugues ; Birt, Angela ; Boer, Douglas P. / Profiles of psychopathy in incarcerated sexual offenders. In: Criminal Justice and Behavior. 2000 ; Vol. 27, No. 2. pp. 216-233.
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Profiles of psychopathy in incarcerated sexual offenders. / Porter, Stephen; Fairweather, David; Drugge, Jeff; Hervé, Hugues; Birt, Angela; Boer, Douglas P.

In: Criminal Justice and Behavior, Vol. 27, No. 2, 01.01.2000, p. 216-233.

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