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Antisocial thinking as a dynamic risk factor in rapists and child molesters

Shannon M Bader, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Previous research has shown that antisocial thinking can be an important risk-relevant treatment target for sexual offenders. The present study examined antisocial thinking as defined by two existing conceptualizations; psychopathy and criminal thinking styles. By examining the theoretical basis for each conceptualization, a pattern of relationships between a measure of psychopathy (PPI) and criminal thinking styles (PICTS) was developed and applied to the specific population of sexual offenders. The sample of 175 men convicted of sexual assault was drawn from a correctional institution and the state forensic mental health hospital. ^ Results of the study indicated that antisocial thinking is highly correlated with psychopathy and criminal thinking. Furthermore, psychopathy and criminal thinking may be describing a unitary construct that is a relevant treatment target. The data also suggest that rapists and child molesters may not significantly differ in antisocial thinking when conceptualized across the subdomains of psychopathy and criminal thinking.^

Subject Area

Psychology, Clinical|Sociology, Criminology and Penology

Recommended Citation

Bader, Shannon M, "Antisocial thinking as a dynamic risk factor in rapists and child molesters" (2007). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3259074.