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dc.contributor.authorBeauregard, Ericen_US
dc.contributor.authorLeclerc, Benoiten_US
dc.contributor.editorHoward Barbareeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-24T14:54:43Z
dc.date.available2017-04-24T14:54:43Z
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.date.modified2009-12-05T05:15:47Z
dc.identifier.issn10790632en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/107906320701900204en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/27089
dc.description.abstractAlthough the study of both offense processes and implicit theories provides in-depth knowledge about the decision-making of sex offenders, these studies focus solely on the internal psychological processes of the offender leading to the commission of a sexual assault. These studies neglect to look specifically at the offender's decision-making during the offense in interaction with the immediate situations encountered at the offense scene, such as the choices of behavior while interacting with the victim in a specific context. Based on a rational choice approach, this study investigates the decision-making involved in the offending process of 69 serial sexual offenders who have committed their crimes against stranger victims. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with offenders in order to identify the rationale behind their actions during the pre-crime phase (premeditation of the crime, estimation of risk of apprehension by the offender, and forensic awareness of the offender), crime phase (use of a weapon, use of restraints, use of a vehicle, and level of force used), and the post-crime phase (event leading to the end of crime and victim release site location choice). Results show that sex offenders, even if traditionally described as "irrational" and impulsive individuals, are capable, up to a certain point, of an analysis of the costs/benefits related to their actions. Moreover, results emphasize the important role of situational factors, such as victim resistance, on the decision-making process of sex offenders. Implications of the results are briefly discussed in regard of clinical practice and crime prevention.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherSage Publications, Inc.en_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Statesen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom115en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto133en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue2en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalSexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatmenten_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume19en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCriminology not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode160299en_US
dc.titleAn Application of the Rational Choice Approach to the Offending Process of Sex Offenders: A Closer Look at the Decision-makingen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.date.issued2007
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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