Development of a Psychometric Typology of Child Molesters Implications for Treatment

R Mandeville-Norden, Anthony Beech

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Cluster analysis of psychometric data measuring offense-specific and socioadequacy problems from a sample of 437 untreated child molesters was carried out. This analysis identified three clusters: Cluster 1 contained men who reported low levels of self-esteem and intimacy and an inability to deal with negative emotions, Cluster 2 contained men who demonstrated a poor understanding of the harm caused to their victims, and Cluster 3 contained offenders who had global offense-specific and socioaffective problems. However, there were no significant differences among the three groups of child molesters in their offense characteristics or their risk levels to support the clustering. It is suggested that these psychological clusters have implications for differing treatment interventions with these three groups.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-325
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2009


  • typology
  • sex offenders
  • classification
  • deviancy
  • psychometrics


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