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dc.contributor.authorPithers, WD
dc.date.accessioned2020-01-22T05:05:45Z
dc.date.available2020-01-22T05:05:45Z
dc.date.issued1999
dc.identifier.issn08862605
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/088626099014003004
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/122461
dc.description.abstractEnhancement of empathy for victims of sexual abuse may foster a more meaningful therapeutic involvement in sex offenders and may deter relapses. The author presents three studies. In experiment one, a contextual empathy deficit was manifested by sexual abusers while they were experiencing the mood state that preceded their past offenses. In experiment two, a process evaluation of a structured empathy enhancing treatment group was performed. In experiment three, abusers who had completed the empathy enhancing treatment group were again required to complete the empathy measure while experiencing the mood precursive to past offenses. Collectively, these experiments demonstrated that: (a) a contextual empathy deficit existed when sexual abusers were experiencing affective precursors to abuse, (b) specialized treatment enhanced abusers' empathy for victims, and (c) treatment effectively eliminated the contextual empathy deficit that was otherwise evident during precursive moods. Empathy enhancement for sexual abuse survivors must be regarded as a key component of sexual abuser treatment programs.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherSage Publications
dc.publisher.placeUSA
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom257
dc.relation.ispartofpageto284
dc.relation.ispartofissue3
dc.relation.ispartofjournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
dc.relation.ispartofvolume14
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCriminology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchSocial Work
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1602
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1607
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1701
dc.titleEmpathy: Definition, enhancement, and relevance to the treatment of sexual abusers
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyGriffith Health, School of Applied Psychology
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorPithers, William


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