2006 Honorable Mention/Richard Rosner Award for the Best Paper by a Fellow in Forensic Psychiatry or Forensic Psychology.
A Comparison of Criminal Sexual Conduct Defendants Based on Victim Age*
Article first published online: 10 DEC 2007
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Volume 52, Issue 6, pages 1372–1375, November 2007
How to Cite
Poortinga, E., Lemmen, C. and Majeske, K. (2007), A Comparison of Criminal Sexual Conduct Defendants Based on Victim Age*. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 52: 1372–1375. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2007.00571.x
- Issue published online: 10 DEC 2007
- Article first published online: 10 DEC 2007
- Received 9 June 2006; and in revised form 18 Mar. 2007; accepted 31 Mar. 2007; published 21 Dec. 2007.
- forensic psychiatry;
- sex offender;
- logistic regression;
- victim age
Abstract: This study compared defendants charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct whose victims were <6 years of age with defendants whose victims were 12 or more years of age. The study included 163 men referred to the evaluation unit of a state center for forensic psychiatry. Thirty-eight men had younger victims (YVs) and 125 men had older victims (OVs). The variables of comparison were defendant demographic and psychiatric variables frequently identified in the sex offender literature. Controlling for other demographic and psychiatric variables by use of logistic regression modeling, elderly defendants (60 years or greater), and incest offenders were three times more likely to have YVs (Odds Ratio [OR] 3.08 and 3.11, respectively). Unlike previous studies defendants with serious psychiatric pathology (psychosis or mania) were no more likely to have YVs (OR 0.66) than were defendants without psychosis.