A preliminary study on findings of psychopathy and affective disorders in adult sex offenders

Jill D. Stinson, Judith V. Becker, Shannon Tromp

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Abstract

The construct of psychopathy has often been considered mutually exclusive to the presence of genuine depressive or anxiety symptomotology. This article addresses the hypothesized reasons for this dichotomous relationship. In this study, 68 civilly committed adult male sex offenders were evaluated using a variety of psychological measures to determine if psychopathic individuals in this group would demonstrate clinically significant affective symptoms. Results indicate that the men in this sample endorsed high rates of psychopathy on the PCL-R, with 42% of these expressing concurrent symptoms of depression and 26% manifesting symptoms of an anxiety disorder. Relationships between affective symptoms and PCL-R factor scores and qualitative differences between these constructs in child molesters and rapists are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)637-649
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Law and Psychiatry
Volume28
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2005

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Psychopathy
  • Sex offenders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Law

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