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Paedophilia: Pathology, criminality, or both? The development of a multivariate model of offence behaviour in child sexual abuse

Paedophilia: Pathology, criminality, or both? The development of a multivariate model of offence... Abstract The present study investigates the variations in crime scene behaviour that exist among child sex offenders. Hypotheses concerning behavioural consistencies are drawn from the diverse literature on child sexual abuse wherein three conceptually distinct behavioural themes are identified, characterized by aggressive, intimate, or criminal-opportunist modes of offender-victim interaction. Crime scene data from 97 recorded child sex offences are analysed using multivariate statistical procedures to assess the validity of the themes. The results provide empirical support for all three themes, suggesting a multivariate model of offence behaviour in child sexual abuse. These findings effectively demonstrate that paedophilia can exist as both a pathology and a form of criminality. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry Taylor & Francis

Paedophilia: Pathology, criminality, or both? The development of a multivariate model of offence behaviour in child sexual abuse

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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
0958-5184
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1469-9478
DOI
10.1080/09585189808405372
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Abstract

Abstract The present study investigates the variations in crime scene behaviour that exist among child sex offenders. Hypotheses concerning behavioural consistencies are drawn from the diverse literature on child sexual abuse wherein three conceptually distinct behavioural themes are identified, characterized by aggressive, intimate, or criminal-opportunist modes of offender-victim interaction. Crime scene data from 97 recorded child sex offences are analysed using multivariate statistical procedures to assess the validity of the themes. The results provide empirical support for all three themes, suggesting a multivariate model of offence behaviour in child sexual abuse. These findings effectively demonstrate that paedophilia can exist as both a pathology and a form of criminality.

Journal

The Journal of Forensic PsychiatryTaylor & Francis

Published: Dec 1, 1998

Keywords: paedophilia; child sexual abuse; offender profiling

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