Edited and written by a team of established and recognised experts, this book addresses two different categories of aggressive offender. The first part of the book addresses sexual abusers, identifying sociological theory, research and practice related to child sexual abusers as well as rapists. The second part focuses on treatment–related information specific to violent offenders. This division of content offers readers a context–specific and focussed source of information.
Aggressive Offenders Cognition: Theory, Research and Practice is an invaluable practical handbook for professionals working with offenders, especially clinical forensic psychologists and forensic psychology students.
About the Editors ix
List of Contributors xi
Series Editors Preface xv
Introduction 1Theresa A. Gannon, Tony Ward, Anthony R. Beech and Dawn Fisher
PART I SEXUAL ABUSERS 9
1 The Cognitive Distortions and Implicit Theories of Child Sexual Abusers 11Joanne Thakker, Tony Ward and Shruti Navathe
2 The Implicit Theories of Rapists and Sexual Murderers 31Dawn Fisher and Anthony R. Beech
3 Cognitive Distortions as Belief, Value and Action Judgments 53Tony Ward, Kirsten Keown and Theresa A. Gannon
4 Child Sexual Abuse–Related Cognition: Current Research 71Theresa A. Gannon and Jane Wood
5 Rape–Related Cognition: Current Research 91Calvin M. Langton
6 Changing Child Sexual Abusers Cognition 117Christopher Dean, Ruth E. Mann, Rebecca Milner and Shadd Maruna
7 Cognitive Treatment Just for Rapists : Recent Developments 135Lynne Eccleston and Karen Owen
PART II VIOLENT OFFENDERS 155
8 Theoretical Explanations of Aggression and Violence 157Marc A. Sestir and Bruce Bartholow
9 Violence–Related Cognition: Current Research 179Rachael M. Collie, James Vess and Sharlene Murdoch
10 Moral Cognition and Aggression 199Emma J. Palmer
11 Treatments for Angry Aggression 215Clive R. Hollin and Claire A. J. Bloxsom
12 Alcohol and Aggressive Cognition 231Mary McMurran
13 The Cognition of Domestic Abusers: Explanations, Evidence and Treatment 247Elizabeth Gilchrist
Tony Ward, PhD, DipClinPsyc, is Director of the Clinical Psychology Programme at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His research interests include the offence process in offenders, cognitive distortions and models of rehabilitation. He has published over 200 research articles, chapters and books. These include Remaking Relapse Prevention, with D. R Laws and S. M. Hudson (Sage, 2000), Sourcebook of Treatment Programs for Sexual Offenders, with W. L. Marshall, Y. A. Fernandez, and S. M. Hudson (Plenum, 1998), and Theories of Sexual Offending, with D. L. L. Polaschek and A. R. Beech (WIley, 2005).
Anthony R. Beech, PhD, CPsychol, is a professor of criminological psychology at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Over the last 10 years he has been involved in treatment evaluation and the development of systems to look at treatment need and treatment change in sex offenders. He has written widely on these topics and other related subjects.
Dawn Fisher, PhD, is Head of Psychological Services at Llanarth Court Psychiatric Hospital, Raglan, Wales and is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. Her current research interests are risk assessment, sexual offenders perspectives on treatment, treatment of adult and adolescent sexual offenders and the use of equine assisted psychotherapy. She has published widely in the area of sexual offending.