Social Perception Deficits, Cognitive Distortions, and Empathy Deficits in Sex Offenders: A Brief Review.

Blake, Emily and Gannon, Theresa A. (2008) Social Perception Deficits, Cognitive Distortions, and Empathy Deficits in Sex Offenders: A Brief Review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 9 (1). pp. 34-55. ISSN 1524-8380 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This literature review examines the differences between sex offenders and nonoffenders with regard to social perception skills, cognitive distortions, and empathy skills in order to investigate sex offenders' cognition. The literature on cognitive distortions is discussed, with reference to the confusion surrounding its definition, and the debate between cognitive distortions as offense-supportive beliefs or justifications is examined. In terms of social perception, particular reference is made to sex offenders' misinterpretations of women's social cues and the source of this deficit. The authors discuss possibilities for this deficit, including offense-supportive beliefs that are driven by underlying implicit theories or schemata held by offenders. The concept of empathy and its relation to both social perception skills and cognitive distortions is discussed, and the integration of these factors is represented in a new model.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Review
Uncontrolled keywords: social perception; empathy; cognitive distortions; sex offenders
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Ros Beeching
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2009 09:22
Last Modified: 06 May 2014 09:49
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/13151 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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