Chapter 1. Penile Plethysmography: Strengths, Limitations, Innovations

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

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470747551.ch1

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

Laws, D. R. (2009) Penile Plethysmography: Strengths, Limitations, Innovations, 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.ch1

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

  1. This chapter is an adapted version of Laws, D.R., Penile Plethysmography: Will we ever get it right? In T.Ward, D.R. Laws and S.M. Hudson (Eds) Sexual deviance: Issues and controversies, 82–102. Copyright © 2003 Sage Publications, Inc.

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:

  • penile plethysmography - strengths, limitations, innovations;
  • penile plethysmography as technology;
  • volumetric method and circumferential method;
  • Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Wisconsin and HM Prison Service in United Kingdom;
  • age/gender assessment using visual stimuli - classical procedure with child molesters;
  • Executive Board of Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA);
  • construct validity - penile erection, valid measure of deviant sexual arousal;
  • PPG - a genuine test;
  • legal challenges to PPG based on civil law;
  • virtual reality and attention control technologies

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Strengths

  • Limitations

  • Innovations

  • Cognition and PPG

  • Summary on PPG: a Personal View

  • References