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    An Approach to the Psychological Diagnosis of Albert Fish and Jeffrey Dahmer, Notorious Child Molesters

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    A 24 page paper analyzing the psychology of child molestation. In the more disturbing cases children are not only abused, they are abducted, sexually and otherwise physically abused, and even killed. Two of the more notorious cases of child molestation were committed by the now notorious killers Albert Fish and Jeffrey Dahmer. These killers had a similar tendency for cannibalism of their victims’ bodies as well. While a precise after-the-fact psychological analysis cannot be made of either, this paper delves into the cannibalistic aspect of these crimes in particular and emphasizes the utilization of standardized psychological methodology such as the multi-axial approach of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV) in attempting such a diagnosis. Bibliography lists 25 sources.

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    Introduction Child molestation is one of the most disturbing aspects of  modern society. Some abuse is at the hands of the parents themselves but other cases are perpetrated by strangers. In the more disturbing cases children are not only  abused, they are abducted, sexually and otherwise physically abused, and even killed. Two of the more notorious cases of child molestation were committed by the now notorious killers Albert  Fish and Jeffrey Dahmer. While a precise psychological analysis cannot be made of either, the psychological basis of their conditions is as fascinating as the crimes are horrifying.  These killers had a similar tendency for cannibalism of their victims bodies as well. While a precise after-the-fact psychological analysis cannot be made of either, this paper will  delve into the cannibalistic aspect of these crimes and place an emphasis on the utilization of standardized psychological methodology such as the multi-axial approach of the American Psychiatric Associations Diagnostic  and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV) to at least partially illuminate the dark psychology behind the devastating crimes committed by these individuals.  There are several key correlates among those that abuse children which could be applicable to abusive parents and molesters like Fish and Dahmer alike. Essentially any  family stressor can result in child abuse. Typical stressors include financial problems, health, job problems, marital difficulties or the death of someone who is close to the family or  the perpetrator (Waldron PG). In most instances the perpetrator of the abuse is an immediate family member or close associate (Nester PG). Mothers and fathers are involved in 

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