Gannon, T.A. and Keown, K. and Rose, M.R. (2009) An Examination of Current Psychometric Assessments of Child Molesters Offense-Supportive Beliefs Using Ward's Implicit Theories. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 53 (3). pp. 316-333. ISSN 0306-624X .
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Are current questionnaire methods fit for the task of assessing offense-related schemas? Six published and unpublished questionnaire measures that assess child molesters' offense-related beliefs are evaluated and examined for evidence of the five implicit schemas proposed by Ward: children as sexual beings, nature of harm, uncontrollability, entitlement, and dangerous world. Current treatment approaches assume that child molesters hold some, if not all, of these implicit schemas-an assumption demonstrated through the use of appropriately modified schema-based treatment techniques. Coding the six questionnaires revealed that nonsexual offense-specific implicit theories are underrepresented on existing measures (i.e., uncontrollability, entitlement, and dangerous world) and that many questionnaire items could not be classified as tapping any implicit theories. Suggestions are made for the future design and revision of questionnaire assessments.
|Uncontrolled keywords:||questionnaire; cognitive distortion; child sexual offender; implicit theories; child molester|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology|
|Depositing User:||Theresa Gannon|
|Date Deposited:||20 Apr 2009 14:52|
|Last Modified:||08 May 2009 10:10|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/15166 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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