Specific risk assessment based on victim type in children sexual offenders

Proeve, Michael, Day, Andrew, Mohr, Philip and Hawkins, Katherine 2006, Specific risk assessment based on victim type in children sexual offenders, Psychiatry, psychology, and law, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 28-40.

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Title Specific risk assessment based on victim type in children sexual offenders
Author(s) Proeve, Michael
Day, Andrew
Mohr, Philip
Hawkins, Katherine
Journal name Psychiatry, psychology, and law
Volume number 13
Issue number 1
Start page 28
End page 40
Publisher Australian Academic Press
Place of publication [Melbourne, Vic.]
Publication date 2006-04
ISSN 1321-8719
Summary Actuarial instruments for assessing sex offender recidivism have limited utility for specific risk assessment questions, such as the risk posed to particular types of victim. In order to obtain variables that discriminate between offenders with different classes of victim, data were coded from 324 files of child sexual offenders from a community-based sexual offender treatment program. Offenders with single or multiple victims were compared, as were offenders who did or did not offend against victims of both genders, and offenders with only intra-familial or extra-familial victims versus offenders with victims in both relationship categories. Variables that discriminated single-victim and multiple-victim offenders were similar to those identified in actuarial risk assessment scales, with the exception of history of childhood sexual abuse. With the exception of physical abuse history, the same variables discriminated specific offender groups according to victim gender and victim relationship, although in different combinations. There was limited support for the notion of specific risk variables.
Language eng
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Australian Academic Press
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