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ERIC Number: EJ834877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1355-2600
Sexual Coping, General Coping and Cognitive Distortions in Incarcerated Rapists and Child Molesters
Feelgood, Steven; Cortoni, Franca; Thompson, Anthony
Journal of Sexual Aggression, v11 n2 p157-170 May 2005
Sexual coping, general coping and cognitive distortions were investigated in 25 rapists, 36 child molesters and 25 violent offenders. Rapists did not report more support for rape-supportive distortions than the violent offender comparison group. Child molesters scored higher than the other groups on the measure of molestation-supportive distortions, although mean scores were at the low end of the scale. Consistent with previous research, all offender groups reported ineffective coping styles and child molesters reported using more emotion-oriented coping than the non-sexual offenders. Child molesters but not rapists scored higher than violent offenders on deviant aspects of sexual coping, although mean scores were at the low end of the sub-scales. Evaluation of these comparisons was aided by effect sizes. The effect sizes reveal that there may indeed be differences between rapists and the comparison group with respect to cognitive distortions and sexual coping. Modest correlations were found between deviant sexual coping and cognitive distortions. The findings are interpreted in terms of etiological development and the sexual offence process. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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