The Development of the Interest in Child Molestation Scale

Gannon, Theresa A., O'Connor, Alisha (2011) The Development of the Interest in Child Molestation Scale. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 23 (4). pp. 474-493. ISSN 1573-286X. (doi:10.1177/1079063211412390) (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

Although numerous research studies have been conducted to investigate apprehended child molesters’ sexual interest in children and associated concepts, very little research has been conducted to investigate community males’ sexual interest in children. In this article, the authors describe the development and preliminary validation of a new measure—the Interest in Child Molestation Scale—to assess community male’s sexual arousal, behavioral propensity toward, and enjoyment of child sexual abuse. Preliminary results show that the Interest in Child Molestation Scale holds some promising psychometric properties, representing a reasonably reliable measure of community males’ sexual interest in children. Using this scale, the authors find that a good proportion of community males (57%) did not emphatically reject an interest in child sexual abuse. The authors also find that self-reported sexual arousal to child sexual abuse that is relatively low in forcefulness was significantly related to implicit child sexualization as measured via a pen-and-paper implicit association test. The authors discuss these results with reference to possible future uses of the measure for theory and research development.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1079063211412390
Uncontrolled keywords: sexual interest, child molester, implicit association test, interest in child molestation
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 12:18 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:00 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/35101 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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