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Personality-based typology of adolescent sexual offenders using the Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory

Oxnam, Paul and Vess, James 2006, Personality-based typology of adolescent sexual offenders using the Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory, New Zealand journal of psychology, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 36-44.

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Title Personality-based typology of adolescent sexual offenders using the Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory
Author(s) Oxnam, Paul
Vess, James
Journal name New Zealand journal of psychology
Volume number 35
Issue number 1
Start page 36
End page 44
Publisher New Zealand Psychological Society
Place of publication Christchurch, N.Z.
Publication date 2006-03
ISSN 0112-109X
Keyword(s) teenage sex offenders
sex crimes
juvenile delinquency
antisocial personality disorders
cluster analysis
research
Summary Previous research suggests that identifying specific subgroups amongst the population of adolescent sexual offenders may contribute to understanding the aetiology of their offending. Such knowledge may also help to improve the treatment outcomes for this group. The Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory (MACI) profiles of 25 adolescent male sexual offenders aged 13 to 17 in a community-based treatment sample were analysed to determine if this measure could be used to identify different subtypes of offenders based on personality variables. Three groups were identified by cluster analysis: one group of antisocial and externalising types (n = 11), another group of withdrawn, socially inadequate types (n = 7) and a third group displaying few traits of clinically significant elevation (n = 7). Support was also shown for the hypothesis that adolescent sexual offenders exhibit personality profiles similar to those of delinquent non-sexual offenders. The observed typology suggests potentially different etiological pathways and different treatment needs.
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Language eng
Field of Research 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, New Zealand Psychological Society
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019518

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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