Chapter 1. The Cognitive Distortions and Implicit Theories of Child Sexual Abusers

  1. Theresa A. Gannon DPhil, CPsychol Lecturer lead investigator2,
  2. Tony Ward PhD, DipClinPsyc Director3,
  3. Anthony R. Beech PhD, CPsychol professor Fellow4 and
  4. Dawn Fisher PhD Head Senior Research Fellow5,6
  1. Joanne Thakker Clinical Psychologist Senior Lecturer1,
  2. Tony Ward PhD, DipClinPsyc Director3 and
  3. Shruti Navathe PhD3

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470746295.ch1

Aggressive Offenders' Cognition: Theory, Research, and Practice

Aggressive Offenders' Cognition: Theory, Research, and Practice

How to Cite

Thakker, J., Ward, T. and Navathe, S. (2007) The Cognitive Distortions and Implicit Theories of Child Sexual Abusers, in Aggressive Offenders' Cognition: Theory, Research, and Practice (eds T. A. Gannon, T. Ward, A. R. Beech and D. Fisher), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470746295.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Psychology, Keynes College, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NP, UK

  2. 3

    Department of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6001, New Zealand

  3. 4

    School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK

  4. 5

    Llanarth Court Hospital, Raglan, Wales, NP15 2YD, UK

  5. 6

    University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Waikato, Hamilton, PO Box 3105, New Zealand

  2. 3

    Department of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6001, New Zealand

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 14 NOV 2007

Book Series:

  1. Forensic Clinical Psychology

Book Series Editors:

  1. Clive R. Hollin7 and
  2. Mary McMurran8

Series Editor Information

  1. 7

    Henry Wellcome Building, School of Psychology, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 9HN, UK

  2. 8

    School of Community Health Sciences, Division of Psychiatry, University of Nottingham, Duncan Macmillan House, Porchester Road, Nottingham, NG3 6AA, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470034026

Online ISBN: 9780470746295

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Keywords:

  • sexual abusers;
  • cognitive distortions and implicit theories of child sexual abusers;
  • child sexual abuse, abhorrent crime and those who commit crimes - prison-based penalties;
  • role of cognition in genesis and child sexual abuse maintenance;
  • child sexual abusers' offence-supportive cognitions or beliefs;
  • “cognitive distortions” - used by Beck for intrusive and disruptive thoughts;
  • cognitive distortions, functioning as cognitive defence mechanisms;
  • Bandura's social learning theory (SLT);
  • cognitive distortions - associated with maladaptive coping strategies in sexual offenders;
  • implicit theory approach

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Cognitive Distortions

  • Theory Integration

  • Conclusions

  • References