Factor structures of measures of cognitive distortions, emotional congruence, and victim empathy based on data from Irish child sex offenders

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Title: Factor structures of measures of cognitive distortions, emotional congruence, and victim empathy based on data from Irish child sex offenders
Authors: Waldron, Brian
O'Reilly, Gary
Randall, Patrick
Dooley, Barbara A.
Carr, Alan
et al.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5276
Date: 2006
Abstract: This study evaluated the factor structures of three instruments from the Sexual Offender Assessment Pack. The Children and Sex Cognitive Distortions Scale, the Children and Sex Emotional Congruence Scale, and the Child Victim Empathy Distortions Scale were administered to 203 sex offenders in Ireland. Confirmatory factor analyses did not support the proposed single factor structure for each of the three scales. Exploratory factor analyses suggested more complex factor structures. The Children and Sex Cognitive Distortions Scale was found to have two factors: (a) Perceptions of Children as Sexually Mature and (b) General Justifications for Sex With Children. The Children and Sex Emotional Congruence Scale was found to have three factors: (a) Positive Affect From Children, (b) Special Relationships With Children and (c) Preference for Relationships With Children. The Victim Empathy Scale was found to have two factors: (a) Positive Misattributions of Pleasure and (b) Denial of Negative Feelings in the Child. In clinical settings, the more complex factor structures identified in this study may used in scoring and interpreting responses to the three instruments investigated here. Our results require replication and further research should focus on the correlates of the factorial scales identified in this study.
Funding Details: Other funder
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
Journal: The Irish Journal of Psychology
Volume: 27
Issue: 3-4
Start page: 142
End page: 149
Copyright (published version): 2006, Routledge
Keywords: Factor StructuresCognitive distortionsEmotional congruenceVictim empathyIrish child sex offenders
DOI: 10.1080/03033910.2006.10446237
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
metadata.dc.date.available: 2014-01-27T15:54:08Z
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