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NCJ Number: 236732 Find in a Library
Title: Predictors of Child Molestation: Adult Attachment, Cognitive Distortions, and Empathy
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:23  Issue:2  Dated:February 2008  Pages:259-275
Author(s): Eric Wood; Shelly Riggs
Date Published: February 2008
Page Count: 17
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines a conceptual model derived from attachment theory was tested by examining adult attachment style, cognitive distortions, and both general and victim empathy.
Abstract: A conceptual model derived from attachment theory was tested by examining adult attachment style, cognitive distortions, and both general and victim empathy in a sample of 61 paroled child molesters and 51 community controls. Results of logistic multiple regression showed that attachment anxiety, cognitive distortions, high general empathy but low victim empathy significantly increased the odds of child molester status. Findings supported theoretically based hypotheses, suggesting that attachment theory may be useful in the conceptualization and treatment of child molesters. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Attitudes toward victims; Cognitive developmental theory; Crime causes theory; Psychological dependence; Sex offenders
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