Aggressive Offenders' Cognition: Theory, Research and Practice

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Theresa A. Gannon, Tony Ward, Anthony R. Beech, Dawn Fisher
John Wiley & Sons, Sep 28, 2009 - Psychology - 296 pages
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The book focuses specifically on aggressive offenders and is divided into two parts. Part I deals with sexual abusers whilst Part II is concerned with violent offenders. Each part discusses theory, latest research and treatment related information. Emphasis is placed on discussing cognition in context i.e. identifying the factors impacting upon and related to offenders’ cognition.
 

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Contents

The Cognitive Distortions and Implicit Theories of Child Sexual Abusers
11
The Implicit Theories of Rapists and Sexual Murderers
31
Cognitive Distortions as Belief Value and Action Judgments
53
Child Sexual AbuseRelated Cognition Current Research
71
RapeRelated Cognition Current Research
91
Changing Child Sexual Abusers Cognition
117
Cognitive Treatment Just for Rapists Recent Developments
135
VIOLENT OFFENDERS
155
Theoretical Explanations of Aggression and Violence
157
ViolenceRelated Cognition Current Research
179
Moral Cognition and Aggression
199
Treatments for Angry Aggression
215
Alcohol and Aggressive Cognition
231
The Cognition of Domestic Abusers Explanations Evidence and Treatment
247
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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