School for Social Work
Teenage sex offenders-Mental health, Teenage sex offenders-Rehabilitation, Juvenile delinquents-Mental health, Juvenile delinquents-Rehabilitation, Adolescent psychopathology-Treatment, Juvenile sex offenders, Psychopathy
Despite the growing body of knowledge regarding psychopathy among adolescent sex offenders, additional research is still necessary. In this study I examine four measures of juvenile psychopathy (Childhood Psychopathy Scale, Antisocial Process Screening Device, Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory, and Inventory of Callous and Unemotional Traits) in a sample of 191 incarcerated adolescent sex offenders located in juvenile detention facilities in a Midwestern state. I examine how the diverse scales relate to characteristics of sexual aggression and non-sexual criminality, and which scale specifically has the best predictive validity for sexual as well as non-sexual crime. Of the four instruments and nine scales only the APSD Narcissism and Impulsivity scale was significantly correlated to a characteristic of sexual crime, and no scale was found to predict sexual crime at a significant level. Findings did however show that several scales were correlated to the total delinquency score as measured by the Self Reported Delinquency Measure. In a series of multiple regressions, the MACI Factor 2 and ICU total scale were found to have the best fit for prediction of total non-sexual delinquency. The results continue to support the comorbidity between psychopathy and criminal behavior, and demonstrate that rather than fueling sexual crime characteristics, psychopathy instead may fuel non-sexual delinquency in juvenile sex offenders. Additionally, the current results demonstrate the importance of focus on both non-sexual and sexual offenses within treatment, in order to provide the soundest therapeutic interventions and preventions of recidivism.
Morrell, Laura Margaret, "An exploration of psychopathy amongst juvenile sex offenders" (2010). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.