Do female child molesters implicitly associate children and sex? A preliminary investigation

Gannon, Theresa A., Rose, Mariamne R., Williams, Sian E. (2009) Do female child molesters implicitly associate children and sex? A preliminary investigation. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 15 (1). pp. 55-61. ISSN 1355-2600. E-ISSN 1742-6545. (doi:10.1080/13552600802452559) (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

A number of studies using the Implicit Association Test have shown successfully that male child molesters hold cognitive associations between children and sexual concepts. The results of such studies appear to indicate that male child molesters hold core cognitive associations that play some part in facilitating and/or maintaining sexual advances towards children. Given the relative success of the Implicit Association Test with male child molesters, we used this test with 17 female child molesters. The results showed that female child molesters did not differ from non-sexual offending females on the Implicit Association Test. In fact, female child molesters appeared more likely to associate adults with sexual concepts rather than children. We discuss these findings in relation to current assessment and treatment with female child molesters.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13552600802452559
Uncontrolled keywords: Implicit association test, female child molesters, cognition
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology
Depositing User: Theresa Gannon
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2013 13:01 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:01 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/35112 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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