Pathways of pedosexual offenders: Applying proximity analysis to offender decision making. Paper presented at the 19th annual conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law. Sorrento, Italy.

Jan Winter, Gina Rossi, Catherine Alen, Paul J. Taylor

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Abstract

There is an increasing need to understand the complex interactions in sexual offending. We investigated the temporal unfolding of offending pathways in an outpatient sample of extrafamilial child abusers (N=70). Extensive case files were reviewed and coded according to a combination of a data driven and theory informed approach (Polaschek et al., 2001). The interrater reliability was satisfactory (92%, K=.92). Using a novel proximity coefficient methodology (Taylor, 2006), we conducted a multivariate sequence analysis of initial background factors, the establishment of short- and long term goals, degree of planning, situational appraisal and various (post-) offence behaviours. Results indicated a predominant positive evaluation of the victims' reactions and the interaction throughout an offence. Consistent with previous studies (e.g., Proulx et al., 1999; Webster, 2005), we found that the majority of the offenders used an explicit planning and an active approach. A comparison with the System for Classification of Extrafamilial Pedosexuals (SCEP-1, Koeck et al., 2006) revealed that pre-offence factors and method of approach varied according to the degree of sexual deviance. The majority of offenders sought sexual satisfaction in a later offence phase regardless of the initial goal (seeking an interpersonal relationship). The pathways of the two predominant SCEP-1 offender types could be distinguished in terms of cognitive, behavioural and affective components. The application of a novel sequence analysis methodology offers support for previous findings on offence pathways. The implications for future research are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication19th annual conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law
Editors Eapl
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sep 2009
EventFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 21 Sep 200925 Sep 2009

Conference

ConferenceFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period21/09/0925/09/09

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Keywords

  • classification
  • pedosexuals
  • Proximity Coefficient
  • sequence analysis
  • SCEP-1

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