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Cognitive Approaches to the Assessment of Sexual Interest in Sexual Offenders

Cognitive Approaches to the Assessment of Sexual Interest in Sexual Offenders

David Thornton (Editor), D. Richard Laws (Co-Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-05781-0

Oct 2009

250 pages

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New for the Wiley Series in Forensic Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Approaches to the Treatment of Sexual Offenders describes and evaluates the current methods of measuring sexual interest in sex offenders - namely penile plethysmography, the Abel Assessment for Sexual Interest, Affinity 2.1, the Implicit Association Test, the Stroop test and the polygraph. The book also discusses how established cognitive assessment methods such as the attentional blink and the startle probe reflex can be adapted for use with sex offenders. It therefore brings together in one volume all the latest research and practice in this area, along with critical commentary on the effectiveness of each method.
About the Editors.

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).


""Thoroton and Laws' edited volume Cognitive Approaches to the Assessment of Sexual interest in Sexual Offendersis a massively useful brief primer on the variety of methods from experimental cognitive psychology that have been examined in relation to this question."" (Psychology & Sexuality, January 2010)