The assessment of denial, cognitive distortions and victim empathy among pedophilic sex offenders. An evaluation of the utility of self-report measures.

Tierney, David W. and McCabe, Marita 2001, The assessment of denial, cognitive distortions and victim empathy among pedophilic sex offenders. An evaluation of the utility of self-report measures., Trauma, violence, & abuse, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 259-270.

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Title The assessment of denial, cognitive distortions and victim empathy among pedophilic sex offenders. An evaluation of the utility of self-report measures.
Author(s) Tierney, David W.
McCabe, Marita
Journal name Trauma, violence, & abuse
Volume number 2
Issue number 3
Start page 259
End page 270
Publisher Sage Publictions
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA
Publication date 2001
ISSN 1524-8380
1552-8324
Keyword(s) denial
cognitive distortions
victim empathy
pedophilic sex offenders
Summary The modification of denial, defensiveness, and cognitive distortions and the enhancement of victim empathy are central components in the treatment of pedophilic sex offenders (PSOs) and are thus important factors to evaluate. This review of the literature highlights three broad problems with self-report measures of these variables. First, the psychometric properties of measures vary enormously, with some having no established validity or reliability. Second, the purpose of the measure is generally quite transparent, enabling the respondent to easily pick the socially acceptable responses. Finally, it is difficult to determine which are the best measures to use in assessing PSOs. Measures range from those designed for the general public to those designed specifically for PSOs. Also, they range from those that assess broad processes (e.g., general empathy) to those that assess offensespecific variables (e.g., victim empathy). This article argues that these issues need to be addressed to improve both the assessment of these processes among PSOs and the evaluation of treatment programs for PSOs.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001203

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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