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ERIC Number: EJ886469
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1040-3590
Differences in Offending Patterns between Adolescent Sex Offenders High or Low in Callous--Unemotional Traits
Lawing, Kathryn; Frick, Paul J.; Cruise, Keith R.
Psychological Assessment, v22 n2 p298-305 Jun 2010
In the present study, the authors investigated whether callous and unemotional (CU) traits designated a distinct and important group of adolescent sex offender. A sample of 150 detained adolescents (mean age = 15.89, SD = 1.53) with a current sexual offense disposition was assessed with a self-report measure of CU traits and through extensive assessments of the characteristics of their sexual offending behaviors using self-report interviews and file review. Results indicated that after controlling for the severity of their history of impulsive/antisocial behaviors, offenders high on CU traits had a greater number of sexual offense victims, used more violence with their victims, and engaged in more sexual offense planning than those low on these traits. The 2 groups did not differ greatly on the age of, gender of, or relationship with their victims. (Contains 4 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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