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Differences between human figure drawings of child molesters and control groups.
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PMID:  3528226     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The present research attempted to identify differences between human figure drawings of adult and juvenile child molesters and adult and juvenile control groups, based on ratings obtained for various psychodiagnostic signs (N = 75). Eleven reliable signs were identified. Results of significance tests on each of the 11 signs revealed that adult molesters drew the female larger than the male. Also, molesters as a group produced drawings of poorer gender differentiation than did the controls as a group and drew the male figures with blank or missing eyes. The overall quality of the molesters' drawings was rated as significantly poorer than that of the control's drawings. Results of a factor analysis for the 11 signs revealed, for the molesters, a first factor of overall quality with a component of gender identity confusion, a second factor of figure-size only, a third factor of fingers only, and a fourth factor of hidden eyes/hidden hands.
F A Johnston; S A Johnston
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical psychology     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0021-9762     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Psychol     Publication Date:  1986 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-09-29     Completed Date:  1986-09-29     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0217132     Medline TA:  J Clin Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  638-47     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Aggression / psychology
Denial (Psychology)
Gender Identity
Juvenile Delinquency / psychology
Middle Aged
Paraphilias / psychology*
Pedophilia / diagnosis,  psychology*
Projective Techniques
Sexual Behavior

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