Cognitive Approaches to the Assessment of Sexual Interest in Sexual Offenders / Edition 1

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Cognitive Approaches to the Assessment of Sexual Interest in Sexual Offenders examines the specific issue of cognitive approaches to the assessment of sexual interest in sex offenders. Chapters written by authorities in the field provide information for practitioners and researchers on methods of assessment that are primarily based on procedures developed in cognitive science. The methods are typically simple, straightforward, and require little time to administer and score. Used in combination they can provide convergent measures of a single phenomenon - sexual interest.

Offering a broad approach to the subject, the book's contents range from widely used means of assessment, such as questionnaires, to methods designed specifically for sexual assessment, for example, penile plethysmography. The book also encompasses innovative approaches, such as the Stroop test and the Implicit Association Test.

Edited by two acknowledged experts in the research field of sex offending, this book is an outstanding contribution to the work of those engaged in practice and research aimed at preventing sex offending.

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"Thoroton and Laws' edited volume Cognitive Approaches to the Assessment of Sexual interest in Sexual Offendersis a massively useful brief primer on the variety of methods from experimental cognitive psychology that have been examined in relation to this question." (Psychology & Sexuality, January 2010)
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David Thornton is Treatment Director at Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Centre in Wisconsin, USA, which specializes in the rehabilitation of dangerous sex offenders. He developed the Thornton Program, which places emphasis on the patient implementing what has been learnt in therapy.

D. Richard Laws is the Director of the Pacific Psychological Assessment Corporation in Victoria, Canada, an organization that specializes in assessment and treatment tools for clinicians to use when treating sex offenders.

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Table of Contents

About the Editors vii

List of Contributors ix

Series Editors' Preface xi

Introduction David Thornton D. Richard Laws 1

1 Penile Plethysmography: Strengths, Limitations, Innovations D. Richard Laws 7

2 The Abel Assessment for Sexual Interests - 2: A Critical Review Susan J. Sachsenmaier Carmen L.Z. Gress 31

3 Affinity: The Development of a Self-Report Assessment of Paedophile Sexual Interest Incorporating a Viewing Tune Validity Measure David V. Glasgow 59

4 Cognitive Modelling of Sexual Arousal and Interest: Choice Reaction Time Measures Carmen L.Z. Gress D. Richard Laws 85

5 The Implicit Association Test as a Measure of Sexual Interest Nicola S. Gray Robert J. Snowden 101

6 Measuring Child Molesters' Implicit Cognitions about Self and Children Kevin L. Nunes 125

7 The Rapid Serial Visual Presentation Test of Sexual Interest in Child Molesters Vanja E. Flak Anthony R. Beech Glyn W. Humphreys 145

8 Assessing Sexual Interest with the Emotional Stroop Test Paul Smith 159

9 Comparing Two Implicit Cognitive Measures of Sexual Interest: A Pictorial Modified Stroop Task and the Implicit Association Test Caoilte Ó Ciardha Michael Gormley 177

10 The Startle Probe Reflex: An Alternative Approach to the Measurement of Sexual Interest Jeffrey E. Hecker Matthew W. King R. Jamie Scoular 203

11 Postscript: Steps Towards Effective Assessment of Sexual Interest David Thornton D. Richard Laws 225

Index 229

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