Aggressive Offenders' Cognition. Theory, Research and Practice. Wiley Series in Forensic Clinical Psychology

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  • 296 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Aggressive Offenders Cognition: Theory, Research and Treatment is the first book in its field to comprehensively examine offenders social cognition. Focusing specifically on aggressive offenders, the book collates the theory, research and practice relating to offenders social cognition in one authoritative volume.

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.

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About the Editors ix

List of Contributors xi

Series Editors Preface xv

Preface xix

Acknowledgements xxi

Introduction 1Theresa A. Gannon, Tony Ward, Anthony R. Beech and Dawn Fisher


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


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

Index 267

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Theresa A. Gannon, DPhil, CPsychol, is Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Kent, United Kingdom, and also works in a practical setting, one day a week, at the Trevor Gibbens Unit Forensic Psychiatry Services, Kent, UK. Her research interests include the examination of cognition in child sexual abusers, rapists and violent offenders using experimental techniques. She is lead investigator on two funded projects investigating the cognition of offenders. One is investigating the existence of offence–supportive schema in women sexual abusers and the other is the development of a pictorial cognitive test for adolescent offenders. Theresa is also interested in public attitudes towards offending populations and models of offender rehabilitation.

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.

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