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Rape : psychopathology, theory and treatment

Gannon, Theresa A., Collie, Rachael M., Ward, Tony and Thakker, Jo 2008, Rape : psychopathology, theory and treatment, Clinical psychology review, vol. 28, no. 6, pp. 982-1008, doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2008.02.005.

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Title Rape : psychopathology, theory and treatment
Author(s) Gannon, Theresa A.
Collie, Rachael M.
Ward, Tony
Thakker, Jo
Journal name Clinical psychology review
Volume number 28
Issue number 6
Start page 982
End page 1008
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2008-07
ISSN 0272-7358
1873-7811
Keyword(s) rape
psychopathology
violence
theory
treatment
Summary Whether treatment programs are effective at rehabilitating rapists is yet to be determined empirically. From a scientist–practitioner perspective, treatment should be based on an empirical understanding of rape and rapists, and evidence-based knowledge of treatment outcome with rapists. In this paper we comprehensively review the characteristics of rapists, etiological features implicated in the commission of rape, and relevant treatment outcome research. We pay particular attention to contemporary knowledge about the core vulnerabilities and features required to understand and treat rapists effectively, and, where possible, highlight similarities and differences between rapists, child molesters and non-sexual violent offenders. We use an epistemological framework to (a) critique the various etiological accounts of rape available and (b) help guide professionals' use of such knowledge in both treatment design and evaluation. Gaps in the understanding of rapists' characteristics and etiological features are highlighted, as are discrepancies between current knowledge and treatment approaches. We conclude by highlighting areas for future research and practice innovation.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.cpr.2008.02.005
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Elsevier.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30034180

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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