ERIC Number: EJ865533
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 99
Current Cognitive Distortion Theory and Research: An Internalist Approach to Cognition
Gannon, Theresa A.
Journal of Sexual Aggression, v15 n3 p225-246 Nov 2009
This review examines contemporary cognitive distortion theory and research relating to sexual offenders. In particular, this review highlights that researchers--to date--have tended to adopt an internalist approach to sexual offenders' cognition which views offence-supportive cognitive activity as occurring solely within the mind. This review indicates that literature and research examining sexual offenders' cognitions has benefited a great deal from adopting internalist approaches to cognition. From this review of the literature, implications are presented for how such knowledge may be used in practical applications with sexual offenders (i.e. a collaborative enquiry of sexual offenders' cognition). Suggestions are also made for how researchers and professionals may be able to extend the meaning of cognition for sexual offenders, and expand upon our current internalist approaches to sexual offenders' cognition.
Descriptors: Sexual Abuse, Researchers, Schemata (Cognition), Criminals, Recall (Psychology), Recognition (Psychology), Task Analysis, Social Cognition, Cognitive Tests
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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