College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Neuropsychological Performance of Sexual Assaulters and Pedophiles.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1984

Keywords

Adult, Luria-Nebraska Neuropsychological Battery, Neuropsychological Tests, Paraphilias, Pedophilia, Sex Offenses.

Publication Title

Journal of Forensic Sciences

ISSN

0022-1198

Volume

29

Issue/No.

4

Abstract

Persons who had been arrested for sexual assault were administered the Luria-Nebraska Neuropsychological Battery and the results compared to a group of normal controls. The sexual assaulters performed significantly worse on 7 of the 14 scales of the battery. The data were then broken down into three groups: (1) those who had forcibly assaulted postpubescent victims, (2) those subjects who had sexually molested a prepubescent child, and (3) normal controls. A discriminant analysis correctly classified 68% of the subjects on the basis of their neuropsychological performance alone.

DOI

10.1520/JFS11778J