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Child molestation and psychopathy: A taxometric analysis

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dc.contributor.author Walters, G. D., Knight, R. A., Looman, J., & Abracen, J.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-30T15:05:03Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-30T15:05:03Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Walters, G. D., Knight, R. A., Looman, J., & Abracen, J. (2016). Child molestation and psychopathy: A taxometric analysis. Journal of sexual aggression, 22, 1-15. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jeffrey_Abracen/publication/305370511_Child_molestation_and_psychopathy_a_taxometric_analysis/links/5791071908ae108aa040209f.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/2960
dc.description.abstract Prior taxometric research on child molesters and general sex offenders has produced inconsistent and contradictory results. There are theoretical, practical, and policy reasons, however, to assume that a psychopathy taxon may exist in sex offenders and that a taxometric study might shed light on this issue. The mean above minus below a cut (MAMBAC), maximum covariance (MAXCOV), and latent-mode factor analysis (L-Mode) taxometric procedures were employed in three overlapping samples: 188 sex offenders with non-relative child victims, 555 sex offenders with non-relative child or adolescent victims or child incest victims, and a mixed sample of 1404 sex offenders. The taxometric analyses revealed evidence of continuous latent structure in all three samples. These results suggest that psychopathy in sex offenders, child molesters in particular, is organised quantitatively (continuous) rather than qualitatively (categorical). (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Journal of sexual aggression en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject sexual abuse en_US
dc.subject perpetrators en_US
dc.subject psychology en_US
dc.subject characteristics en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.title Child molestation and psychopathy: A taxometric analysis en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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