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NCJ Number: 156346 Find in a Library
Title: Some Aspects of Social Competence in Sexual Offenders
Journal: Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment  Volume:7  Issue:2  Dated:(April 1995)  Pages:113-127
Author(s): W L Marshall; H E Barbaree; Y M Fernandez
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 15
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Fifty-five outpatient rapists and child molesters attending the Kingston Sexual Behavior Clinic in Ontario, Canada were compared with a socioeconomically similar group of nonoffenders and with a group of university students on measures of social functioning and with respect to their judgments about actors displaying underassertive, overassertive, and appropriately assertive behavior.
Abstract: Results revealed that the child molesters did not differ from the matched community group; both groups reported social anxiety, underassertiveness, and low self- esteem. These two groups also considered the unassertive actor to be the most appropriate of the three actors. In contrast, the rapists thought that the overassertive actor was the most appropriate; they also appeared more confident, more assertive, and less anxious than the child molesters. The university students were more socially appropriate, more confident, and less anxious than the child molesters and made judgments about the actors that were consistent with prosocial expectations. Findings indicated that the model of social functioning that these sex offenders accepted differed from prosocial expectations; this and their actual functioning should be addressed in research and treatment. Tables and 22 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Foreign offenders
Index Term(s): Child molesters; Ontario; Sex offender profiles; Sex offenders
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