An evaluation of self-report measures of cognitive distortions and empathy among Australian sex offenders

Tierney, David W. and McCabe, Marita 2001, An evaluation of self-report measures of cognitive distortions and empathy among Australian sex offenders, Archives of sexual behavior, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 495-519.

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Title An evaluation of self-report measures of cognitive distortions and empathy among Australian sex offenders
Author(s) Tierney, David W.
McCabe, Marita
Journal name Archives of sexual behavior
Volume number 30
Issue number 5
Start page 495
End page 519
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2001-10
ISSN 0004-0002
1573-2800
Keyword(s) cognitive distortions
empathy
sex offenders
assessment
Summary The modification of deviant cognitions and the enhancement of victim empathy are central components in many treatment programs for sex offenders. There appear to be three broad problems with self-report measures of these factors: variations in the psychometric evaluation of measures; the transparency of items and thus the likely influence of social desirability; and the difficulty of determining which measures are specific to particular types of sex offenders. The aim of this study was to investigate these three issues among child molesters (CMs), and men convicted of sex offences against adults (ASOs). Data were collected from 36 CMs and 31 ASOs and from two comparison groups (33 men convicted of nonsexual offences and 40 nonoffenders from the community), to assess the reliability (internal and test-retest) and validity (discriminant, construct, and face) of measures, the influence of sexual social desirability on responding and the specificity of measures to both sex offender groups. Collectively, the results raise issues related to the assessment of sex offenders that require further investigation. They also have theoretical implications about the relationship between cognitive and emotive processes among sex offenders.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Plenum Publishing Corporation
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001208

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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