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NCJ Number: 158236 Find in a Library
Title: Assessing Perspective-Taking Among Sexual Offenders, Nonsexual Criminals, and Nonoffenders
Journal: Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment  Volume:7  Issue:4  Dated:(October 1995)  Pages:259-277
Author(s): R K Hanson; H Scott
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 19
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study evaluated two new questionnaires, the Child Empathy Test and the Empathy for Women Test, to assess perspective-taking deficits among sexual offenders.
Abstract: Participants in the study included samples of convicted sexual offenders, community sexual offenders, community nonoffenders, nonsexual criminals, and student nonoffenders. The results indicated that, despite low internal consistency in these measures, they did show a meaningful pattern of relationships with other measures and supported a distinction between types of sexual offenders. Both tests significantly correlated with a test of verbal intelligence. Empathy deficits were most noticeable among sexual offenders who had not used overt force against their victims, and those who were not intoxicated during the time of their offense. The results were equivocal concerning the extent to which sexual offenders have empathy deficits specific to their offense type. 3 tables, 1 appendix, and 37 references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Sex offenders; Statistics; Victim-offender relationships
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