Attachment styles and psychological profiles of child sex offenders in Ireland

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Title: Attachment styles and psychological profiles of child sex offenders in Ireland
Authors: Marsa, Fiona
O'Reilly, Gary
Carr, Alan
et al.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5131
Date: Feb-2004
Abstract: When 29 child sex offenders, 30 violent offenders, 30 nonviolent offenders, and 30 community controls were compared, a secure adult attachment style was 4 times less common in the child sex offender group than in any of the other three groups. Ninety-three percent of sex offenders had an insecure adult attachment style. Compared with community controls, the child sex offender group reported significantly lower levels of maternal and paternal care and significantly higher levels of maternal and paternal overprotection during their childhood. Compared with all three comparison groups, the child sexual offenders reported significantly more emotional loneliness and a more external locus of control. With respect to anger management, the child sexual offenders’ profile more closely approximated those of nonviolent offenders and community controls than that of violent offenders.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Sage
Copyright (published version): 2004 Sage Publications
Keywords: Child sexual abuse;Perpetrators;Attachment;Bonding;Loneliness;Anger;Locus of control
DOI: 10.1177/0886260503260328
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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