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Implicit theories and personality patterns in child-victim sex offenders

Jones, Jennifer and Vess, James 2010, Implicit theories and personality patterns in child-victim sex offenders, Sexual abuse in Australia and New Zealand, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 58-65.

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Title Implicit theories and personality patterns in child-victim sex offenders
Author(s) Jones, Jennifer
Vess, James
Journal name Sexual abuse in Australia and New Zealand
Volume number 2
Issue number 2
Start page 58
End page 65
Publisher Australia and New Zealand Association for Treatment of Sexual Abuse (A N Z A T S A)
Place of publication Haymarket, N.S.W.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1833-8488
Summary Research has suggested that child sex offenders hold thematically distinct cognitive distortions, which Ward and Keenan (1999) call Implicit Theories. The aim of this preliminary study was to investigate the relationship between offenders’ Implicit Theories and their personality related cognitions. The variables were measured using the Implicit Theory Questionnaire and Millon’s (1990) MCMI-III personality scales. Subjects were 28 male sex offenders against children serving a custodial sentence in New Zealand, who elected to participate in a treatment program. A majority of participants had personality scale scores that reached the clinical threshold. Results found that dependant, depressive and schizoidal personality patterns significantly correlated with Implicit Theories. Clinical and theoretical implications are discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 940408 Rehabilitation and Correctional Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, ANZATSA
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30032223

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