A descriptive model of the offense process for female sexual offenders

Gannon, Theresa A., Rose, Mariamne R. and Ward, Tony 2008, A descriptive model of the offense process for female sexual offenders, Sexual abuse : a journal of research and treatment, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 352-374, doi: 10.1177/1079063208322495.

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Title A descriptive model of the offense process for female sexual offenders
Author(s) Gannon, Theresa A.
Rose, Mariamne R.
Ward, Tony
Journal name Sexual abuse : a journal of research and treatment
Volume number 20
Issue number 3
Start page 352
End page 374
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2008-09
ISSN 1079-0632
Keyword(s) female sexual offenders
offense chain model
grounded theory
Summary Although considerable efforts have been made to develop and validate etiological models of male sexual offending, no theory is available to guide research or practice with female sexual offenders (FSOs). In this study, the authors developed a descriptive, offense process model of female sexual offending. Systematic qualitative analyses (i.e., grounded theory) of 22 FSOs' offense interviews were used to develop a temporal model documenting the contributory roles of cognitive, behavioral, affective, and contextual factors in female sexual abuse. The model highlights notable similarities and divergences between male and female sexual offenders' vulnerability factors and offense styles. In particular, the model incorporates male co-offender and group co-offender influences and describes how these interact with vulnerability factors to generate female sexual offending. The gender-specific research and clinical implications of the model are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1079063208322495
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, Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30034181

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