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Desistance and Attitudes Towards Sex Offenders: Facilitation or Hindrance?

Desistance and Attitudes Towards Sex Offenders: Facilitation or Hindrance? In an ideal world, there would be a seamless relationship between interventions that focus on risk factors causally associated with sexual reoffending and the subsequent release of, and ongoing support for, offenders into the community. However, emotionally fueled and uninformed public responses to news of released sex offenders, and the legislation such responses have inspired, severely hinder this process. Our aims in this paper are to review findings of research on community attitudes about sex offenders within a desistance framework. More specifically, we provide a synthesis of the current research literature on attitudes towards sex offenders. Second, we consider in more detail those studies that include community member samples. Third, we review interventions aimed at promoting attitude change amongst professionals working with sex offenders and finally formulate some recommendations for promoting positive attitude change amongst the general public. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Family Violence Springer Journals

Desistance and Attitudes Towards Sex Offenders: Facilitation or Hindrance?

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Psychotherapy and Counseling; Criminology & Criminal Justice; Law and Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Quality of Life Research
ISSN
0885-7482
eISSN
1573-2851
DOI
10.1007/s10896-010-9314-8
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Abstract

In an ideal world, there would be a seamless relationship between interventions that focus on risk factors causally associated with sexual reoffending and the subsequent release of, and ongoing support for, offenders into the community. However, emotionally fueled and uninformed public responses to news of released sex offenders, and the legislation such responses have inspired, severely hinder this process. Our aims in this paper are to review findings of research on community attitudes about sex offenders within a desistance framework. More specifically, we provide a synthesis of the current research literature on attitudes towards sex offenders. Second, we consider in more detail those studies that include community member samples. Third, we review interventions aimed at promoting attitude change amongst professionals working with sex offenders and finally formulate some recommendations for promoting positive attitude change amongst the general public.

Journal

Journal of Family ViolenceSpringer Journals

Published: May 12, 2010

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