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Specific Risk Assessment Based on Victim Type in Child Sexual Offenders

Psychiatry, Psychology and Law
Volume 13 Issue 1 (July 2006)

Abstract: Actuarial instruments for assessing sex offender recidivism have limited utility for specific risk assessment questions, such as the risk posed to particular types of victim. In order to obtain variables that discriminate between offenders with different classes of victim, data were coded from 324 files of child sexual offenders from a community-based sexual offender treatment program. Offenders with single or multiple victims were compared, as were offenders who did or did not offend against victims of both genders, and offenders with only intra-familial or extra-familial victims versus offenders with victims in both relationship categories. Variables that discriminated single-victim and multiple-victim offenders were similar to those identified in actuarial risk assessment scales, with the exception of history of childhood sexual abuse. With the exception of physical abuse history, the same variables discriminated specific offender groups according to victim gender and victim relationship, although in different combinations. There was limited support for the notion of specific risk variables.

To cite this article: Proeve, Michael; Day, Andrew; Mohr, Philip and Hawkins, Katherine. Specific Risk Assessment Based on Victim Type in Child Sexual Offenders [online]. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, Vol. 13, No. 1, July 2006: 28-40. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=765031940666679;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 1321-8719. [cited 24 Jul 16].

Personal Author: Proeve, Michael; Day, Andrew; Mohr, Philip; Hawkins, Katherine; Source: Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, Vol. 13, No. 1, July 2006: 28-40 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1321-8719 Subject: Sex offenders; Child sexual abuse; Recidivism; Sex offenders--Legal status, laws, etc.; Affiliation: (1) School of Psychology, University of South Australia, City East Campus, GPO Box 2471, Adelaide SA 5001 Australia, email: michael.proeve@unisa.edu.au
(2) University of South Australia, Australia
(3) University of South Australia, Australia and CSIRO Health Sciences and Nutrition, Australia
(4) University of South Australia, Australia

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