Psychopathic traits and cognitive distortions in sex offenders: an on site research

Author/s Irene Petruccelli, Simona Grilli, Jacopo Bruni, Filippo Nimbi, Felipe Navarro, Chiara Simonelli
Publishing Year 2015 Issue 2015/2
Language Italian Pages 26 P. 5-30 File size 150 KB
DOI 10.3280/RSC2015-002001
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This study aims to assess sex offender’s personality and cognitive styles, for prevention of crime and recidivism. Method: The sample is composed by twelve inmates of the district prison of Pesaro (PU, Italy) for sexual crimes against children and/or women. The instruments used are: a grid for collecting anamnesis and information about the crime, PCL-R and VRAQ and HSAQ, two questionnaires about cognitive distortions in validation in Italy. Results and conclusions: The data analysis did not show strong correlations. Relations emerged despite the small sample size are described and discussed. It is confirmed a difficulty in tracing a personality profile of the sex offender and are suggested new research perspectives.

Keywords: Sex offender; psychopathy; cognitive distortions; correctional psychology; personality

Irene Petruccelli, Simona Grilli, Jacopo Bruni, Filippo Nimbi, Felipe Navarro, Chiara Simonelli, Tratti psicopatici e distorsioni cognitive nei sex offender: una ricerca sul campo in "RIVISTA DI SESSUOLOGIA CLINICA" 2/2015, pp 5-30, DOI: 10.3280/RSC2015-002001