This study analysed the levels of cognitive distortions and verifi ed whether adverse experiences (e.g., emotional abuse) may infl uence psychopathological traits, empathy defi cits and levels of moral disengagement and cognitive distortions. Participants were 96 sex off enders: 64 participants are Italians and 32 participants are Portuguese studied cross-sectionally. A semistructured interview was administered to collect data about family and social histories, with selfreport questionnaires to evaluate psychopathology, empathy, moral disengagement strategies and cognitive distortions. The results showed that about 14% of sexual off enders reported a moderate / severe level of deviance of distorted beliefs relating to children; 28% of the total sample (but 53% of Italians) reported a moderate/severe level of deviance related to cognitive distortions “sexual right”. The results also showed how sex off enders who have suff ered emotional abuse during their life report higher levels of emotional empathy, depression, anxiety, paranoid ideation, and psychoticism compared to those who have not suff ered it. Theoretical and practical implications are provided.

Adverse Childhood Experiences Related to Cognitive and Emotional States: A study on Sexual Offenders in Italy and Portugal / Petruccelli, Irene; D'Urso, Giulio; Cataldi, Silvia; De Risio, Alfredo; Grilli, Simona; Abrunhosa Goncalves, Rui; Sousa, Marta; Lucania, Luciano; Bonaiuto, Marino. - In: REVISTA DE CERCETARE SI INTERVENTIE SOCIALA. - ISSN 1583-3410. - 76(2022), pp. 93-110. [10.33788/rcis.76.7]

Adverse childhood experiences related to cognitive and emotional states: a study on sexual offenders in Italy and Portugal

CATALDI, Silvia;BONAIUTO, Marino
2022

Abstract

This study analysed the levels of cognitive distortions and verifi ed whether adverse experiences (e.g., emotional abuse) may infl uence psychopathological traits, empathy defi cits and levels of moral disengagement and cognitive distortions. Participants were 96 sex off enders: 64 participants are Italians and 32 participants are Portuguese studied cross-sectionally. A semistructured interview was administered to collect data about family and social histories, with selfreport questionnaires to evaluate psychopathology, empathy, moral disengagement strategies and cognitive distortions. The results showed that about 14% of sexual off enders reported a moderate / severe level of deviance of distorted beliefs relating to children; 28% of the total sample (but 53% of Italians) reported a moderate/severe level of deviance related to cognitive distortions “sexual right”. The results also showed how sex off enders who have suff ered emotional abuse during their life report higher levels of emotional empathy, depression, anxiety, paranoid ideation, and psychoticism compared to those who have not suff ered it. Theoretical and practical implications are provided.
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