Sadism, psychopathy, and sexual offending

Authored by: Sonja Krstic , Nicholas Longpré , Raymond Knight , Carrie Robertson

Routledge International Handbook of Psychopathy and Crime

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  August  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138085169
eBook ISBN: 9781315111476
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The current chapter examines the history and empirical literature on sadism and sexual sadism and its association with psychopathy. Whether measured by self-report or rated from archival files, whether assessed as dimensional or as categorical, there are significant associations between psychopathy and sadism. Both conditions present an individual that enjoys violating others often with violence, and there is strong evidence that although not the same construct, psychopathy and sadism are inextricably linked.

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