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Personality functioning and psychopathic traits in child molesters and violent offenders

Carlo Garofalo, Stefan Bogaerts and Jaap J.A. Denissen

Journal of Criminal Justice, 2018, vol. 55, issue C, 80-87

Abstract: Personality dysfunctions and psychopathy are central in most theories of crime. However, different offense types are likely driven by different motivational factors. Therefore, it is plausible that distinct offender groups differ in terms of personality features. In the present study, child molesters, (non-sex) violent offenders and community participants were compared on self-report measures of personality functioning in the self- and interpersonal domains (i.e., self-control, identity integration, responsibility, relational capacity, and social concordance), and psychopathic traits.

Keywords: Psychopathy; Personality; DSM-5; Child molesters; Violent offenders (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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