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Analysing the personality traits and behaviour of Jimmy Savile during the 2009 Surrey Police interviews: A Thematic Analysis

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posted on 2020-02-28, 18:31 authored by Michael HarmsonMichael Harmson

This study has used a thematic anyalsis of the Surrey Police interview transcript of Jimmy Savile in 2009. The interview transcript was analysed for themes, words and phrases used by Savile during the police interview. The findings suggest that Savile lacked any victim empathy and displayed traits often associated with narcissistic personality disorder or (NPD). In addition, Savile dominated the interview process creating a power imbalance in his favour. Savile also atributes blame towards the victims and also criminalises them. These behaviours are often associated with sexual offending. The thematic analysis of the Savile interview is important as it is the only available record of his behaviour and personality when confronted with serious sexual offending allegations. There are no ethical or legal considerations for this study. No ethical approval was necessary regarding the study. The study can also be replicated by way of thematic analysis.


There is no funding associated with this study.


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Lead author country

  • United Kingdom

Lead author job role

  • PhD Student

Lead author institution

Unversity of Nottingham

Human Participants

  • No

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No ethics required.


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