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dc.contributor.authorHarris, Danielle A.en_US
dc.contributor.authorSmallbone, Stephenen_US
dc.contributor.authorDennison, Susanen_US
dc.contributor.authorKnight, Raymond A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T15:14:54Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T15:14:54Z
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.date.modified2010-06-24T05:17:36Z
dc.identifier.issn00472352en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2008.12.002en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/27732
dc.description.abstractOffense specialization and versatility have been investigated in general offender populations, but have only recently been examined in sexual offenders. This study explored the extent of both tendencies in the criminal histories of 572 adult male sexual offenders referred for civil commitment. The specialization threshold and the diversity index were used to compare offender subgroups by referral status (committed versus observed) and offense type (rape, child molestation, and incest). Offense versatility was the more likely tendency across the sample. Committed and observed offenders did not differ. Although predominantly versatile, child molesters were significantly more likely than rapists to specialize in sexual offenses, and were also more likely to specialize in child molestation (compared to rapists specializing in rape). These results confirm previous findings on criminal versatility among sexual offenders. This adds to a growing body of research that questions universal and selective crime control policies designed exclusively for sexual offenders.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherElsevieren_US
dc.publisher.placeUSAen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.elsevier.com/locate/jcrimjusen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom37en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto44en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue1en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalJournal of Criminal Justiceen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume37en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCorrectional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitationen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode160202en_US
dc.titleSpecialization and versatility in sexual offenders referred for civil commitmenten_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.date.issued2009
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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