The effect of sexual priming cues on emotional recognition in nonviolent child sexual abusers a preliminary study
Oliver, Caroline J., Watson, Derrick G. , Gannon, Theresa A. and Beech, Anthony R.. (2009) The effect of sexual priming cues on emotional recognition in nonviolent child sexual abusers a preliminary study. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Vol.53 (No.3). pp. 292-304. ISSN 0306-624XFull text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0306624X08317214
This article describes a study that used a computer-based task to investigate the emotional recognition skills of child sexual abusers. The experiment consisted of two phases (prime and probe) and measured both response time and error rates to facial expressions. The priming phase of the experiment consisted of the presentation of short phrases via computer of either sexual or neutral content. The probe phase of the experiment consisted of the presentation of adult facial expressions depicting either the emotion fear or surprise. Results showed child sexual abusers to be slightly less accurate overall. Furthermore, contrary to prediction, the effect of sexual priming appeared to make child sexual abusers actually better at recognizing fearful faces (p =.055). This result is discussed in relation to current victim empathy theory and treatment implications for sexual offenders.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Psychology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Child molesters -- Psychological aspects, Child sexual abuse -- Psychological aspects, Sex offenders -- Psychological aspects, Priming (Psychology), Facial expression, Reaction time|
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications, Inc.|
|Number of Pages:||13|
|Page Range:||pp. 292-304|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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