Antisocial personality disorder and other personality traits in sexual offenders
This study, using archival Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) data, investigated the differences in personality characteristics, depression and anxiety between 858 adult incarcerated non-sexual offenders, rapists and child molesters. The inmates had been routinely administered the Coolidge Correctional Inventory (CCI) upon their admission to CDOC. The results indicated that sexual offenders are more impaired in affective functioning than nonsexual offenders. The two groups most different from each other were the nonsexual offenders and the child molesters, whereas few differences were found between the rapists and child molesters. Nonetheless, offender type accounted for less than five percent of the variability in personality disorders. These findings suggest that there may be fewer differences in personality characteristics between sex offender groups than previously assumed.
Antisocial personality disorder;
0625: Personality psychology