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A re-examination of female child molesters’ implicit theories: evidence of female specificity?

Gannon, Theresa A., Hoare, J.A., Rose, Mariamne R., Parrett, N. (2012) A re-examination of female child molesters’ implicit theories: evidence of female specificity? Psychology, Crime & Law, 18 (2). pp. 209-224. ISSN 1068-316X. (doi:10.1080/10683161003752303) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Recent research by Beech, Parrett, Ward, and Fisher has suggested that Ward and Keenan's male-derived implicit theories represent a good theoretical fit for explaining female child molesters’ offence-supportive cognitions. This paper re-examines the applicability of Ward and Keenan's (1999) male-derived implicit theories for explaining the self-reported offence-supportive cognitions of 16 UK female child molesters. Using almost identical analytic methods to Beech et al., we show that it is indeed possible to code female child molesters’ offence-supportive cognitions under each of the five male-derived implicit theories proposed by Ward and Keenan. However, our results show that the content of female child molesters’ offence-supportive cognitions appears very different to that of male child molesters. Based on our findings, we discuss relevant treatment implications and offer a re-conceptualization of implicit theories for female child molesters using the sex-role stereotyping literature. We also propose that – unlike male child molesters – female child molesters are unlikely to hold generalized implicit theories that sexualize children.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/10683161003752303
Uncontrolled keywords: sexual offender, implicit theories, child molesters, child sexual abuse
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Theresa Gannon
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2013 11:21 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:00 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/35094 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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