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Sexual and violent recidivism by offender type and actuarial risk : reoffending rates for rapists, child molesters and mixed-victim offenders

Vess, James and Skelton, Alex 2010, Sexual and violent recidivism by offender type and actuarial risk : reoffending rates for rapists, child molesters and mixed-victim offenders, Psychology, crime and law, vol. 16, no. 7, pp. 541-554, doi: 10.1080/10683160802612908.

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Title Sexual and violent recidivism by offender type and actuarial risk : reoffending rates for rapists, child molesters and mixed-victim offenders
Author(s) Vess, James
Skelton, Alex
Journal name Psychology, crime and law
Volume number 16
Issue number 7
Start page 541
End page 554
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010-09
ISSN 1068-316X
Keyword(s) sexual offenders
risk assessment
static variables
sexual recidivism
Summary The current study examines sexual and violent reoffence rates for a sample of 2474 sexual offenders over an average of 15 years following release from prison. Reoffence rates are reported as a function of the offenders' victim type and level of risk as assessed by the Automated Sexual Recidivism Scale, a computer scored measure of relevant historical risk factors. Observed sexual recidivism rates for offenders with child victims, adult victims, and mixed victims were quite similar. Results indicate that offenders with exclusively female child victims not only showed a lower rate of sexual reoffending, but that the reoffence rates were relatively low across all levels of actuarial risk. In contrast, those with male child victims and adult victims showed a pronounced escalation of reoffence rates as actuarial risk increased. Results also indicated that adult victim offenders are less consistent in the victim type of their reoffences, with 37% sexually reoffending against child victims. Finally, combined rates of sexual and violent reoffending were particularly high for those with adult victim sexual offence histories. Risk assessment and public policy implications are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10683160802612908
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 940408 Rehabilitation and Correctional Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30032241

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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