Child Sexual Abusers : Evidence From A Pilot Study Sample Of Italian Offenders

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V. Summary of The Article. In this 2014 article, “Interpersonal and Affective Traits of Psychopathy in Child Sexual Abusers: Evidence from a Pilot Study Sample of Italian Offenders”, by Adriano Schimmenti, Alessia Passanisi, and Vincenzo Caretti, analyzes evidence from a study of inmates in Italy, all of whom were convicted of violent crimes. They were interested in seeing if those inmates convicted of child sex abuse (CSA) has a higher rating of psychopathic behavior than those inmates not convicted of CSA. They knew that the features of psychopathic behavior were characterized by Hare & Neumann (2008, as cited in Schimmenti et al., 2014) as a constellation of interpersonal, affective, and behavioral characteristics such as grandiosity, egocentricity, deceptiveness, shallow emotions, impulsivity, irresponsibility, lack of empathy, guilt, or remorse, along with violations of both social and legal norms (p.854). They used 87 Caucasian, male inmates from Italy in their study, all of whom were convicted of violent crimes, such as murder, adult rape, child sex abuse, and armed robbery. All of the participants ranged in ages from 19 to 71 years old, with a Mean of 44.4. All the participants were well informed of the aim of the study, along with the procedures of the study. The study was conducted between June 2008 and June 2011.
The study was aimed at evaluating psychopathic traits among violent offenders, and they did this my using the Psychopathy Checklist-Revives…

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