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Empathy and adolescent sexual offenders : a review of the literature

Varker, Tracey, Devilly, Grant J., Ward, Tony and Beech, Anthony R. 2008, Empathy and adolescent sexual offenders : a review of the literature, Aggression and violent behavior, vol. 13, no. 4, August-September, pp. 251-260, doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2008.03.006.

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Title Empathy and adolescent sexual offenders : a review of the literature
Author(s) Varker, Tracey
Devilly, Grant J.
Ward, Tony
Beech, Anthony R.
Journal name Aggression and violent behavior
Volume number 13
Issue number 4
Season August-September
Start page 251
End page 260
Publisher Elsevier Science
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2008-08
ISSN 1359-1789
1873-6335
Keyword(s) adolescent sexual offenders
juvenile sexual offenders
empathy
treatment
Summary A significant proportion of sexual offenses has been found to be committed by adolescent offenders. Although there is overlap in the backgrounds of adolescent sexual offenders and juvenile delinquents, in recent times there has been an increased effort to identify and treat adolescent sexual offenders as a distinct population. Adolescent sexual offenders are thought to be empathy deficient, with empathy development a commonly defined treatment goal. There is confusion, however, as to whether such empathy deficits are general in nature, are towards certain groups of people, or are own victim-specific. This article provides a review of the literature concerning empathy and adolescent sexual offenders and, based on this assessment, recommendations are made for future research.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.avb.2008.03.006
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 Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30034210

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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