Pathways to female sexual offending : approach or avoidance?

Gannon, Theresa, Rose, Mariamne R. and Ward, Tony 2010, Pathways to female sexual offending : approach or avoidance?, Psychology, crime & law, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 359-380, doi: 10.1080/10683160902754956.

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Title Pathways to female sexual offending : approach or avoidance?
Author(s) Gannon, Theresa
Rose, Mariamne R.
Ward, Tony
Journal name Psychology, crime & law
Volume number 16
Issue number 5
Start page 359
End page 380
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010-06
ISSN 1068-316X
Keyword(s) female sexual offender
offence process
grounded theory
Summary This study forms the second part of a larger investigation into the offence process characteristics of female sexual offenders (FSOs). In the first part - documented in Gannon, Rose, and Ward (Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 20, 352-374, 2008) - we described the development of the Descriptive Model of Female Sexual Offending (DMFSO); an offence process model developed using Grounded Theory methodology to describe the sequence of cognitive, affective, behavioural and contextual factors generating female-perpetrated sexual abuse. The second study described here examines the prevalence of specific pathways characterizing the 22 FSOs originally used to develop the DMFSO. Four individuals could not be assigned to a pathway due to lack of information (18% of the overall sample). However, for the remaining 18 participants, three stable pathways to female sexual offending were identified: Explicit Approach offenders (50%, n=9), who intended to offend, and explicitly planned their offence behaviours accordingly; Directed Avoidant offenders (28%, n=5), who did not intend to offend, but did so under the direction and coercion of a male accomplice; and Implicit Disorganized offenders (22%, n=4), who did not intend to offend (i.e. they engaged in minimal planning), but offended impulsively following severe self-regulatory failure. In this paper, we present the core characteristics defining each pathway, their associated demographic features, and discuss potential treatment implications.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10683160902754956
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
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