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dc.contributor.authorSmallbone, Stephenen_US
dc.contributor.authorWheaton, Juliaen_US
dc.contributor.authorHourigan, Donnaen_US
dc.contributor.editorJudith V. Beckeren_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-24T10:10:32Z
dc.date.available2017-04-24T10:10:32Z
dc.date.issued2003en_US
dc.date.modified2010-08-04T07:19:44Z
dc.identifier.issn10790632en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1023/A:1020615807663en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/5796
dc.description.abstractAssociations between trait empathy and criminal versatility were examined in a sample of 88 incarcerated adult sexual offenders (29 extrafamilial child molesters, 26 intrafamilial child molesters, and 33 rapists). Considerable criminal versatility was observed, with 60% of the whole sample and 88% of recidivist offenders having previous convictions for nonsexual offenses. Regression analyses showed significant associations between trait empathy and nonsexual offense convictions, but not between trait empathy and sexual offense convictions. More specifically, greater involvement in violent offending (e.g., assault, robbery) was associated with lower levels of empathic concern and higher levels of fantasy. Greater involvement in miscellaneous (e.g., traffic, drug, public order) offending was associated with lower levels of empathic concern. We argue that insufficient theoretical and empirical attention has historically been given to criminal versatility among sexual offenders, especially among child molesters. In particular, we suggest that developments in empathy training for sexual offenders may benefit from distinguishing needs of criminally versatile and non-versatile sexual offenders. More knowledge about trait empathy in sexual offenders, and about situational factors that may override otherwise normal empathic responsiveness, is needed.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherKluwer Academic / Plenum Publishersen_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Statesen_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom49en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto60en_US
dc.relation.ispartofedition2003en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue1en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalSexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatmenten_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume15en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode390401en_US
dc.titleTrait empathy and criminal versatility in sexual offendersen_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.date.issued2003
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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