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An implicit test of associations between children and sex in pedophiles

Gray, Nicola Susan, Brown, Anthony, MacCulloch, Malcolm J., Smith, Jennifer and Snowden, Robert Jefferson 2005. An implicit test of associations between children and sex in pedophiles. Journal of Abnormal Psychology 114 (2) , pp. 304-308. 10.1037/0021-843X.114.2.304

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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. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: American Psychological Association
ISSN: 0021-843X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:50

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