Chapter 2. The Implicit Theories of Rapists and Sexual Murderers

  1. Theresa A. Gannon DPhil, CPsychol Lecturer lead investigator1,
  2. Tony Ward PhD, DipClinPsyc Director2,
  3. Anthony R. Beech PhD, CPsychol professor Fellow3 and
  4. Dawn Fisher PhD Head Senior Research Fellow4,5
  1. Dawn Fisher PhD Head Senior Research Fellow4,5 and
  2. Anthony R. Beech PhD, CPsychol professor Fellow3

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470746295.ch2

Aggressive Offenders' Cognition: Theory, Research, and Practice

Aggressive Offenders' Cognition: Theory, Research, and Practice

How to Cite

Fisher, D. and Beech, A. R. (2007) The Implicit Theories of Rapists and Sexual Murderers, 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.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

Author Information

  1. 3

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

  2. 4

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

  3. 5

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

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. Hollin6 and
  2. Mary McMurran7

Series Editor Information

  1. 6

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

  2. 7

    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:

  • implicit theories of rapists and sexual murderers;
  • importance of cognition in offending - central to understanding motivation of offenders;
  • cognitive distortions and how they arise in sexual offenders;
  • core schemas/implicit theories in sexual offenders;
  • identification of implicit theories in rapists;
  • child sex abusers and rapists - having ITs in common;
  • women as sex objects;
  • women are unknowable and women are dangerous;
  • sexual and violent ITs and groups with dangerous world IT;
  • dangerous world and sexual ITs - women as sex objects or male sex drive uncontrollable

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Defining Core Schemas/Implicit Theories in Sexual Offenders

  • Empirical Studies Assessing Implicit Theories in Adult Abusers

  • Deriving Motivations for Sexual Murder and Rape by the Relative Presence/ Absence of Key Implicit Theories

  • Convergent Utility of the Identified Groups of Sexual Murderers and Rapists

  • Treatment Needs of Three Identified Rape and Sexual Murder Groups

  • Conclusions

  • References