Female Sex Offenders Compared to Male Offenders Research Paper by Nicky

Female Sex Offenders Compared to Male Offenders
An archival study identifying differences between female child molesters and their male counterparts.
# 147417 | 8,088 words | 42 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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In this article, the writer notes that as a whole, literature indicates that although most sexual abusers are male, child sexual abuse by women does occur, and it is probably less rare than once believed. The writer points out that research differs about just how frequently women sexually abuse children, what type of women are involved in the sexual abuse of children and under what circumstances women sexually abuse children. This archival comparison study answers the questions of who these females are, as well as the similarities and differences they share with their male counterparts. Quantitative measures are used to compare the psychological characteristics of male and female sex offenders using the results of the standardized testing instruments. The writer explains that the results of this study can be used to better understand the characteristics of female child molesters, as well as to recommend a course of treatment. The writer concludes that studies show that there is a need for more research on female child molesters as they often go unreported, or unnoticed, and considered not to be as important as their male counterparts.

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From the Paper:

"In recognition of the complexity of the factors that culminate in a sexually abusive act, most treatment programs rely on eclectic approaches delivered in individual and group formats. Components typically include relapse prevention analysis, psycho-pharmacological therapy, social skills training, development of empathy and moral reasoning skills, raising awareness of the cognitive distortions that support offending, chemical abuse education, and family therapy. Despite the wide array of agendas, the career or work related problems of sex offenders are routinely overshadowed by other considerations, and career interventions tend to be overlooked. For instance, that sex offenders may have difficulty obtaining a job because of stigma is a serious social problem that might cause them to re-offend or to offend in other ways because of economic pressure and hardship, but this issue tends to fall behind the importance of other issues in intervention."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Abraham, M. (1927). The experiencing of sexual traumas as a form of sexual activity. In Selected Papers (pp. 47-62). Hogarth: London.
  • American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
  • American Psychological Association. (2001). Publication manual of the America Psychological Association (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
  • Ames, M. A., & Houston, D. A. (2003). Legal, social, and biological definitions of pedophilia. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 19, 330-360.
  • Araji, S., & Finkelhor, D. (2004). Explanations of pedophilia: Review of empirical research. Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law, 13, 69-93.

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Female Sex Offenders Compared to Male Offenders (2011, March 29) Retrieved September 25, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/female-sex-offenders-compared-to-male-offenders-147417/

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