Journal article

Types of empathy and adolescent sexual offenders

T Varker, GJ Devilly

Journal of Sexual Aggression | Published : 2007


The purpose of this study was to examine general empathy, general victim empathy and own victim empathy in adolescent sexual offenders. Sixteen adolescent sexual offenders completed the Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI), the Personal Reaction Inventory, a “general sexual abuse victim” form of the Victim Empathy Distortions Scale (VEDS) and an “own victim” form of the VEDS. Sixteen non-offending, age-matched adolescents also completed the IRI. In summary, it was found that adolescent sexual offenders did not display general empathy deficits compared to age-matched non-offending controls. However, they displayed significant empathy deficits for their own sexual abuse victim compared to a ge..

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