The assessment of motivation for behaviour change among sex offenders against children: an investigation of the utility of the Stages of Change Questionnaire

Tierney, David W. and McCabe, Marita 2004, The assessment of motivation for behaviour change among sex offenders against children: an investigation of the utility of the Stages of Change Questionnaire, Journal of sexual aggression, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 237-249.

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Title The assessment of motivation for behaviour change among sex offenders against children: an investigation of the utility of the Stages of Change Questionnaire
Author(s) Tierney, David W.
McCabe, Marita
Journal name Journal of sexual aggression
Volume number 10
Issue number 2
Start page 237
End page 249
Publisher Brunner- Routledge (UK)
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2004-08
ISSN 1355-2600
1742-6545
Keyword(s) assessment
motivation for behaviour change
sex offenders against children
aggression in adults
child care & child protection
criminology
criminology & delinquency
ethics & legal issues in mental health
forensic psychiatry
physical & sexual abuse in adults
physical & sexual abuse in children & adolescents
sexuality
Summary A better understanding of motivation for behaviour change among sex offenders against children would improve treatment programmes designed to modify sexual offending behaviour. However, investigation of this issue is limited by lack of theoretically and empirically sound measures of motivation for behaviour change among sex offenders. This paper reports on two studies that were conducted to investigate the psychometric properties (validity, reliability, and social desirability) of the Stages of Change Questionnaire, adapted to measure motivation for behaviour change among sex offenders against children. In Study 1, the psychometric properties of the questionnaire were assessed for sex offenders against children (n=36) who were on a treatment waiting list. In Study 2, the psychometric properties of the questionnaire were assessed for sex offenders against children (n=47) at pre-treatment, mid-treatment, and post-treatment. Both studies supported the validity and reliability of the adapted Stages of Change Questionnaire, and the influence of social desirability upon responding was less than expected. The results of this investigation supported the potential utility of the Stages of Change Questionnaire as a measure of motivation for behaviour change for sex offenders against children.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002519

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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