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Beliefs, values, and action : the judgment model of cognitive distortions in sexual offenders

Ward, Tony, Gannon, Theresa A. and Keown, Kirsten 2006, Beliefs, values, and action : the judgment model of cognitive distortions in sexual offenders, Aggression and violent behavior, vol. 11, no. 4, July-August, pp. 323-340, doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2005.10.003.

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Title Beliefs, values, and action : the judgment model of cognitive distortions in sexual offenders
Author(s) Ward, Tony
Gannon, Theresa A.
Keown, Kirsten
Journal name Aggression and violent behavior
Volume number 11
Issue number 4
Season July-August
Start page 323
End page 340
Publisher Elsevier Science
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2006-07
ISSN 1359-1789
1873-6335
Keyword(s) judgment model of cognitive distortions (JMCD)
thematic network
belief
Summary In this paper, we present the Judgment Model of Cognitive Distortions (JMCD), a new model of cognitive distortions that spans multiple levels of analysis and contains different types of judgments. This model proposes that cognitive distortions tend to cluster together in what we have termed Thematic Networks (TN): judgments about beliefs, values, and actions. We argue that the three sets of judgments cover all types of cognitive distortions apparent in sexual offenders including those revolving around content (i.e., asserting characteristics to people, the offender, the world) and cognitive operations (i.e., denial, minimization, rationalizations). Following a description of the JMCD, we demonstrate how it can account for the cognitive schemata identified in sexual offenders by researchers and clinicians. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of the clinical and research implications of the JMCD.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.avb.2005.10.003
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 ©2005, Elsevier Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30034232

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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