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A personality-based taxonomy of sexually abusive adolescents derived from the Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory (MACI)

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A personality-based taxonomy of an out-patient sample of 112 sexually abusive adolescents is described. Five subgroups were derived from cluster analytic procedures applied to Personality Patterns scales scores from the Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory (MACl), and were named: Normal, Antisocial, Submissive, Dysthymic/dInhibited, and Dysthymic/Negativistic. The groups were also found to be differentiated on the psychopathology scales of the MACl The results of the study provide evidence of the heterogeneity of adolescent sexual abusers in both personality characteristics and psychopathology. Comparison of groups differentiated on the basis of victim characteristics did not indicate a relationship between personality and sexual offence.

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Author(s): Richardson G, Kelly TP, Graham F, Bhate SR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Clinical Psychology

Year: 2004

Volume: 43

Issue: 3

Pages: 285-298

ISSN (print): 0144-6657

ISSN (electronic): 2044-8260

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons


DOI: 10.1348/0144665031752998


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