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ERIC Number: EJ980197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0886-2605
Assessing Desistance in Child Molesters: A Qualitative Analysis
Farmer, Mark; Beech, Anthony R.; Ward, Tony
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v27 n5 p930-950 Mar 2012
The aim of the study was to investigate the process of desistance from sexual crime by comparing two groups of child molesters: One group was deemed to be "desisting", while men in the other group were deemed as being still potentially "active" offenders. Men in the desisting group reported being optimistic for the future, reported an enhanced sense of personal agency and a more internalized locus of control, and identified treatment as being a turning point in their lives. In comparison, men in the active group were found to be more pessimistic and were more likely to blame external events, or situations, for their problems. One of the most striking findings of the research was that the desisting group had found a place within a social group or network, unlike the still potentially active offenders who all described a life of social isolation and alienation. (Contains 1 note and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Interpersonal Reactivity Index; Nowicki Strickland Locus of Control Scale; UCLA Loneliness Scale