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A psychometric comparison of internet and non-internet sex offenders from a community treatment sample

A psychometric comparison of internet and non-internet sex offenders from a community treatment... Abstract This paper compares psychometric test assessments of 39 men convicted of internet sex offences with 39 convicted of contact offences against a specific victim. Higher rates of socially desirable responding were identified in the internet group, as well as higher rates of emotional loneliness and under assertiveness, although the latter two findings were not statistically significant. This group also achieved lower scores measuring external locus of control, which might reflect their generally higher levels of education and employment (identified from research carried out in tandem with this work). The internet group achieved lower scores on sexualized attitudes towards children, emotional congruence with children and empathy distortions with regard to victims of child abuse. Hence, although they exhibited the kinds of general personality problems exhibited by other sex offenders, they did not support attitudes that explicitly endorse or condone the sexual abuse of children. This paper presents some hypotheses about these results and identifies further research necessary to develop understanding about this new kind of sexually abusive behaviour. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Sexual Aggression Taylor & Francis

A psychometric comparison of internet and non-internet sex offenders from a community treatment sample

Journal of Sexual Aggression , Volume 13 (1): 10 – Mar 1, 2007
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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers
ISSN
1742-6545
eISSN
1355-2600
DOI
10.1080/13552600701365654
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Abstract

Abstract This paper compares psychometric test assessments of 39 men convicted of internet sex offences with 39 convicted of contact offences against a specific victim. Higher rates of socially desirable responding were identified in the internet group, as well as higher rates of emotional loneliness and under assertiveness, although the latter two findings were not statistically significant. This group also achieved lower scores measuring external locus of control, which might reflect their generally higher levels of education and employment (identified from research carried out in tandem with this work). The internet group achieved lower scores on sexualized attitudes towards children, emotional congruence with children and empathy distortions with regard to victims of child abuse. Hence, although they exhibited the kinds of general personality problems exhibited by other sex offenders, they did not support attitudes that explicitly endorse or condone the sexual abuse of children. This paper presents some hypotheses about these results and identifies further research necessary to develop understanding about this new kind of sexually abusive behaviour.

Journal

Journal of Sexual AggressionTaylor & Francis

Published: Mar 1, 2007

Keywords: Sex offenders; child abuse images; internet crime

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