alexa An implicit test of the associations between children and sex in pedophiles.


Journal of Forensic Psychology

Author(s): Gray NS, Brown AS, MacCulloch MJ, Smith J, Snowden RJ

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Abstract Pedophiles are motivated to disguise their thoughts and feelings about their sexual beliefs and attraction toward children. New developments using implicit measures of associations have been successful in accessing socially stigmatic beliefs, even in cases in which the participant is resistant to this disclosure. Using an implicit measure, the authors show that pedophiles have an association between children and sex, whereas nonpedophilic offenders have an association between adults and sex. The task can therefore identify a core cognitive abnormality that may underpin some pedophilic deviant sexual behavior. Copyright 2005 APA, all rights reserved. This article was published in J Abnorm Psychol and referenced in Journal of Forensic Psychology

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