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.
|Titel||19th annual conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law|
|Status||Published - 4 sep 2009|
|Evenement||Unknown - Stockholm, Sweden|
Duur: 21 sep 2009 → 25 sep 2009
|Periode||21/09/09 → 25/09/09|