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Title: Psychological profiling of offender characteristics from crime behaviours in serial rape offences
Contributor(s): Kocsis, Richard (author); Cooksey, Ray Wagner  (author); Irwin, Harvey Jon (author)
Publication Date: 2002
DOI: 10.1177/0306624X02462003
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Abstract: Criminal psychological profiling has progressively been incorporated into police procedures despite a dearth of empirical research. Indeed, in the study of serial violent crimes for the purpose of psychological profiling, very few original, quantitative, academically reviewed studies actually exist. This article reports on the analysis of 62 incidents of serial sexual assault. The statistical procedure of multidimensional scaling was employed in the analysis of this data, which in turn produced a five-cluster model of serial rapist behavior. First, a central cluster of behaviors were identified that represent common behaviors to all patterns of serial rape. Second, four distinct outlying patterns were identified as demonstrating distinct offence styles, these being assigned the following descriptive labels brutality, intercourse, chaotic, and ritual. Furthermore, analysis of these patterns also identified distinct offender characteristics that allow for the use of empirically robust offender profiles in future serial rape investigations.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 46(2), p. 144-169
Publisher: Sage Publications
Place of Publication: Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
ISSN: 1552-6933
Field of Research (FOR): 160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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