Criminal thinking patterns: Are child molesters unique?

Mary A. Hatch-Maillette, Mario J. Scalora, Matthew T. Huss, Jerome V. Baumgartner

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This study examined the ability of the Psychological Inventory of Criminal Thinking Styles (PICTS) to reliably differentiate between men with and without histories of child molestation crimes at a maximum-security state hospital forensic mental health unit. Results showed that as hypothesized, molesters (n = 28) were less likely than non-sex offenders (n = 35) to exhibit thinking errors captured by the Cutoff, Entitlement, and to a lesser extent, the Cognitive Indolence, Discontinuity, and Power Orientation scales of the PICTS. The findings support its use in targeting general criminal thinking errors for treatment in mixed-offender populations, as well as its use in sex offender populations to augment other sex offense cognitive distortion measures when designing treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-117
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology


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