Beliefs, values, and action: The judgment model of cognitive distortions in sexual offenders

Ward, T. and Gannon, T.A. and Keown, K. (2006) Beliefs, values, and action: The judgment model of cognitive distortions in sexual offenders. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 11 (4). pp. 323-340. ISSN 1359-1789 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

In this paper, we present the Judgment Model of Cognitive Distortions (JMCD), a new model of cognitive distortions that spans multiple levels of analysis and contains different types of judgments. This model proposes that cognitive distortions tend to cluster together in what we have termed Thematic Networks (TN): judgments about beliefs, values, and actions. We argue that the three sets of judgments cover all types of cognitive distortions apparent in sexual offenders including those revolving around content (i.e., asserting characteristics to people, the offender, the world) and cognitive operations (i.e., denial, minimization, rationalizations). Following a description of the JMCD, we demonstrate how it can account for the cognitive schemata identified in sexual offenders by researchers and clinicians. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of the clinical and research implications of the JMCD.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Theresa Gannon
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2009 23:06
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2009 23:06
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/14982 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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