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ERIC Number: EJ991874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1040-3590
The Severe Sexual Sadism Scale: Cross-Validation and Scale Properties
Mokros, Andreas; Schilling, Frank; Eher, Reinhard; Nitschke, Joachim
Psychological Assessment, v24 n3 p764-769 Sep 2012
The Severe Sexual Sadism Scale (SSSS) is a screening device for the file-based assessment of forensically relevant sexual sadism. The SSSS consists of 11 dichotomous (yes/no) items that code behavioral indicators of severe sexual sadism within sexual offenses. Based on an Austrian sample of 105 sexual offenders, the present study replicated the 1-dimensional scale structure of the SSSS, as evidenced by confirmatory factor analysis. More specifically, the scale was commensurate with the 1-parameter logistic test model (Rasch model). Reliability was estimated to be good. Criterion validity for the clinical diagnosis of sexual sadism was good. With a cutoff value of 7 points, sensitivity and specificity were estimated at 56% and 90%, respectively. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Austria