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dc.contributor.authorSmallbone, Stephenen_US
dc.contributor.authorMilne, Harryen_US
dc.description.abstractArchival data on 110 incarcerated adult sexual offenders were used to examine associations between trait anger and type and level of aggression used in the commission of their sexual offenses. Intrafamilial child molesters (n = 43), extrafamilial child molesters (n = 35), and rapists (n = 32) did not differ in trait anger. In the combined group, significant associations were found between trait anger and verbal aggression, but not between trait anger and physical aggression. Offenders who used threats of death had higher levels of trait anger temperament, anger reaction, and anger directed outward, and lower levels of anger control than those who had used no verbal aggression. The absence of association between trait anger and physical aggression suggests that physical aggression employed in the commission of sexual offenses may be largely instrumental. Implications for engaging sexual offenders in anger management intervention, and for victim resistance to sexual assaults, are considered.en_US
dc.publisherSage Publicationsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminologyen_US
dc.titleAssociations between trait anger and aggression used in the commission of sexual offensesen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Criminology and Criminal Justiceen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2000 Sage Publications. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. First published in International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. This journal is available online:
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