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Implicit Measurement of Sexual Associations in Child Sex Abusers: Role of Victim Type and Denial

Brown, Anthony, Gray, Nicola Susan and Snowden, Robert Jefferson 2009. Implicit Measurement of Sexual Associations in Child Sex Abusers: Role of Victim Type and Denial. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment 21 (2) , pp. 166-180. 10.1177/1079063209332234

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Abstract

The Implicit Association Test was used to measure cognitive associations between children and sex in men convicted of child-sex offences. It was hypothesized that these cognitions would be different in pedophilic-type offenders (defined by having a victim aged less than 12 years) and hebephilic-type offenders (only victims aged 12 to 15 years) such that only the pedophilic-type offenders would have an implicit association between children and sex. This was confirmed. It was also hypothesized that this association between children and sex in the pedophilic-type offenders would be present irrespective of their denial of offence history. This was also confirmed. These results demonstrate differences in the cognitive associations between children and sex held by subgroups of child-sex abusers, and they help establish the Implicit Association Test as an indirect means to assess cognitive factors related to sexual offences.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Uncontrolled Keywords: pedophilia; hebephilia; Implicit Association Test; cognitive distortions; denial
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 1079-0632
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 08:08
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/31155

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