Cognitive Approaches to the Assessment of Sexual Interest in Sexual Offenders
List of Contributors.
Series Editors’ Preface.
Introduction (David Thornton and D. Richard Laws).
1 Penile Plethysmography: Strengths, Limitations, Innovations (D. Richard Laws).
2 The Abel Assessment for Sexual Interests – 2: A Critical Review (Susan J. Sachsenmaier and Carmen L.Z. Gress).
3 Affinity: The Development of a Self-Report Assessment of Paedophile Sexual Interest Incorporating a Viewing Time Validity Measure (David V. Glasgow).
4 Cognitive Modelling of Sexual Arousal and Interest: Choice Reaction Time Measures (Carmen L.Z. Gress and D. Richard Laws).
5 The Implicit Association Test as a Measure of Sexual Interest (Nicola S. Gray and Robert J. Snowden).
6 Measuring Child Molesters’ Implicit Cognitions about Self and Children (Kevin L. Nunes).
7 The Rapid Serial Visual Presentation Test of Sexual Interest in Child Molesters (Vanja E. Flak, Anthony R. Beech and Glyn W. Humphreys).
8 Assessing Sexual Interest with the Emotional Stroop Test (Paul Smith).
9 Comparing Two Implicit Cognitive Measures of Sexual Interest: A Pictorial Modified Stroop Task and the Implicit Association Test (Caoilte ´O Ciardha and Michael Gormley).
10 The Startle Probe Reflex: An Alternative Approach to the Measurement of Sexual Interest (Jeffrey E. Hecker, Matthew W. King and R. Jamie Scoular).
11 Postscript: Steps Towards Effective Assessment of Sexual Interest (David Thornton and D. Richard Laws).
D. Richard Laws is co-director of the Pacific Psychological Assessment Corporation in Victoria, BC, Canada. He is an adjunct faculty member at Simon Fraser University and the University of Birmingham, UK. Dr. Laws is known in the research field of sexual deviance primarily for his development of assessment procedures. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Journal of Sexual Aggression, Journal of Interpersonal Violence and Legal and Criminological Psychology.
—Don Grubin, Professor of Forensic Psychiatry, Newcastle University
Thornton and Laws' book provides up-to-date and comprehensive information on each technology. Written by authoritative sources, this book is likely to move this field of enquiry forward considerably.
— Dr Ruth Mann, Interventions & Substance Misuse Group, National Offender Management Service, England and Wales
This book gives an outstanding overview of current trends in sex offender assessment. Experts in the field deliver insights into novel latency-based testing procedures. The book features chapters on viewing time and choice-reaction time tasks, on modified versions of the Stroop test, on the attentional blink and the startle probe as well as on the implicit association test. Most of these tests originated in cognitive psychological research and are now being fruitfully applied to identify disorders of sexual preference. The exposition is clear and succinct. The book serves as an introduction to and an overview of an exciting new area of research. Within the field of sex offender treatment and assessment, this book will be a highly useful resource for researchers and practitioners alike.
— Dr Andreas Mokros, Department of Forensic Psychiatry, University of Regensburg