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Psychopathie et lien avec la victime chez les agresseurs sexuels de femmes adultes

Authors
Journal
Criminologie
0316-0041
Publisher
Consortium Erudit
Publication Date
Volume
38
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.7202/011490ar
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Psychopathy has rarely been studied in the wife rapist population. The hypothesis of our study was that the characteristics of the spouse sexual offenders refer more to a psychopatic functioning than the non-spouse sexual offenders. A sample of 27 spouse sexual offenders and 70 non-spouse sexual offenders was selected. The «Psychopathy Checklist Revised» (PCL-R) was used to evaluate psychopathy. The results were that only five subjects meet the criterion of psychopathy in the whole sample. On a categorial basis, difference appeared in the distribution of the different samples among the cases categorised as ‘’mixed’’ and the ‘’non-psychopaths’’, the spouse sexual offenders being more often diagnosed as ‘’mixed’’ and the non-spouse sexual offenders being more often diagnosed as ‘’non-psychopaths’’. On a dimensional basis, the mean score at the PCL-R of the spouse sexual offenders was significantly higher than the non-spouse sexual offenders.

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