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NCJ Number: 121331 Find in a Library
Title: Comparative Profile of the Incest Perpetrator: Background Characteristics, Abuse History, and Use of Social Skills (From Incest Perpetrator: A Family Member No One Wants To Treat, P 43-64, Anne L. Horton, Barry L. Johnson, et al, eds. -- See NCJ-121328)
Author(s): D T Ballard; G D Blair; S Devereaux; L K Valentine; A L Horton; B L Johnson
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Information from 373 incest perpetrators formed the basis of an analysis of the social skills of offenders.
Abstract: The research included both institutionalized perpetrators and those in community-based treatment settings. The analysis focused on 15 variables, including the ability to communicate verbally, assertiveness in social situations, social isolation, empathy with victims, abuse history, relationships with spouses and others, and the history of involvement with the victim. Findings confirmed other research indicating that incest perpetrators, especially those in institutions, lacked essential social skills. They often thought that incestuous behavior was inappropriate and unnatural before they became involved in incest. In addition, most thought that something could have been done to prevent the incest, but most were unable to assert themselves and discuss the incest with anyone. Moreover, they had few close friends, and their marital relationships were poor. Finally, the availability and vulnerability of the victim was the main reason for the victim's selection. Tables and 19 references.
Main Term(s): Sex offender profiles
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Incest; Sex offense causes; Socially challenged
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