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ERIC Number: EJ782049
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 65
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0886-2605
Predictors of Child Molestation: Adult Attachment, Cognitive Distortions, and Empathy
Wood, Eric; Riggs, Shelley
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v23 n2 p259-275 2008
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. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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