Skip to main content
Kent Academic Repository

Locus of control and sex offenders with an intellectual disability

Langdon, Peter E., Talbot, Tiffany J. (2006) Locus of control and sex offenders with an intellectual disability. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 50 (4). pp. 391-401. ISSN 0306-624X. (doi:10.1177/0306624X06287105) (KAR id:36135)


Locus of control has been implicated as an important construct that is related to treatment outcome for several groups of offenders, including sexual offenders. However, little attention has been paid to how this construct is related to sexual offending by people with intellectual disabilities. Given this, 41 participants with intellectual disabilities were recruited into three groups: sex offenders who had undergone psychological treatment, sex offenders who had no history of treatment, and nonoffenders. All participants completed measures of locus of control and distorted cognitions. There was a significant difference between those who had and had not completed treatment in terms of cognitive distortions relating to sexual offending. There was no significant difference between the three groups on the measure of locus of control, with all three groups endorsing an external locus of control. Three possible explanations for how locus of control relates to sexual offending by people with intellectual disabilities is explored and discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0306624X06287105
Uncontrolled keywords: locus of control; intellectual disability; learning disability; sex offender; sex offence; dynamic risk factors; distorted cognitions; QACSO
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Peter Langdon
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2013 13:54 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:13 UTC
Resource URI: (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

University of Kent Author Information

Langdon, Peter E..

Creator's ORCID:
CReDIT Contributor Roles:
  • Depositors only (login required):

Total unique views for this document in KAR since July 2020. For more details click on the image.