Comparing Intra-Familial and Extra-Familial Child Sexual Abusers With Professionals Who Have Sexually Abused Children With Whom They Work

Sullivan, Joe and Beech, Anthony R. and Craig, Leam A. and Gannon, Theresa A. (2011) Comparing Intra-Familial and Extra-Familial Child Sexual Abusers With Professionals Who Have Sexually Abused Children With Whom They Work. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 55 (1). pp. 56-74. ISSN 0306-624X. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X09359194) (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

The aim of this study is to establish whether professionals who have sexually molested children with whom they work present as a homogeneous group identifiable by their personal histories, offending patterns, and profiles as distinct from other child molesters (intra-familial and extra-familial offenders). Participants were matched on age and IQ. It was found that child molesters who were professionals (similar to extra-familial offenders generally) were likely to have sexually abused male, or both male and female, children and had abused more than 20 child victims. Professionals were also significantly more likely to have offended against post-pubescent children than were extra-familial or intra-familial offenders. In terms of psychological profiles, professionals, like extra-familial offenders, were found to have a significantly higher level of reported sexual pre-occupation and emotional over-identification with children compared with intra-familial offenders and a significantly lower level of distorted sexual attitudes about their victims compared with extra-familial offenders. These results are discussed in the context of assessment that might be used to assess risk in those working with children in a professional capacity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: professionals who sexually molest children, intra-familial offenders, extra-familial child molesters, psychometric profiles
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 12:21 UTC
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 16:55 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/35102 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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