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Type: Journal article
Title: Specific risk assessment based on victim type in child sexual offenders
Author: Proeve, Michael
Day, Andrew
Mohr, Philip Benjamin
Hawkins, Katherine
Citation: Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 2006; 13(1):28-40
Publisher: Australian Academic Press
Issue Date: 2006
ISSN: 1321-8719
School/Discipline: School of Psychology
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Michael Proeve and Andrew Day, Philip Mohr, Katherine Hawkins
Abstract: Actuarial instruments for assessing sex offender recidivism have limited utility for specific risk assessment questions, such as the risk posed to particular types of victim. In order to obtain variables that discriminate between offenders with different classes of victim, data were coded from 324 files of child sexual offenders from a community-based sexual offender treatment program. Offenders with single or multiple victims were compared, as were offenders who did or did not offend against victims of both genders, and offenders with only intra-familial or extra-familial victims versus offenders with victims in both relationship categories. Variables that discriminated single-victim and multiple-victim offenders were similar to those identified in actuarial risk assessment scales, with the exception of history of childhood sexual abuse. With the exception of physical abuse history, the same variables discriminated specific offender groups according to victim gender and victim relationship, although in different combinations. There was limited support for the notion of specific risk variables.
Rights: © 2006 Australian Academic Press
Published version: http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=765031940666679;res=IELHEA
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