Title

Differences in Offending Patterns Between Adolescent Sex Offenders High or Low in Callous–Unemotional Traits-live

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2010

Keywords

callous– unemotional traits, adolescents, sex offenders, violence, victim type

Abstract

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.

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