Introduction

  1. David Thornton Ph.D Director Professor Member1 and
  2. D. Richard Laws Ph.D. President2
  1. David Thornton Ph.D Director Professor Member1 and
  2. D. Richard Laws Ph.D. President2

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470747551.ch

Cognitive Approaches to the Assessment of Sexual Interest in Sexual Offenders

Cognitive Approaches to the Assessment of Sexual Interest in Sexual Offenders

How to Cite

Thornton, D. and Laws, D. R. (2009) Introduction, in Cognitive Approaches to the Assessment of Sexual Interest in Sexual Offenders (eds D. Thornton and D. R. Laws), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470747551.ch

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center, Mauston, Wisconsin, USA

  2. 2

    Co-Director Pacific Psychological Assessment Corp., Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Author Information

  1. 1

    Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center, Mauston, Wisconsin, USA

  2. 2

    Co-Director Pacific Psychological Assessment Corp., Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 5 OCT 2009

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series in Forensic Clinical Psychology

Book Series Editors:

  1. Clive R. Hollin3 and
  2. Mary McMurran4

Series Editor Information

  1. 3

    Clinical Division of Psychiatry, University of Leicester, UK

  2. 4

    School of Community Health Sciences, Division of Psychiatry, University of Nottingham, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470057810

Online ISBN: 9780470747551

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Keywords:

  • nature of sexual interests;
  • distinguishing repetitive sexual offenders from non-offenders and lower risk offenders;
  • established technologies for assessing sexual interest;
  • penile plethysmography (PPG) - direct measurement of circumferential or volumetric changes in male genital;
  • Abel Assessment for sexual interest (AASI);
  • Choice Reaction Time (CRT) tasks in assessing sexual interest;
  • implicit association test (IAT) in assessing sexual interests of child molesters;
  • child molesters' implicit attitudes to themselves and to children;
  • rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP);
  • new frontiers in sexual interest assessment

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Why Measure Sexual Interest?

  • The Penile Plethysmograph

  • The Way Ahead

  • Who will Find this Book Useful?