Assessment and Modification of Cognitive Distortions in Sex Offenders

  • William D. Murphy
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


Sexual aggression against children and adults is being recognized both by professionals and by the public as a significant problem for society (Badgley, 1984; Koss, Gidycz, & Wisniewski, 1987; Russell, 1982). In an attempt to address the problem, there have been attempts to more fully understand the individuals who perpetuate such abuse and to determine relevant target areas for treatment. This literature has produced numerous descriptive studies, personality assessment studies, and classification systems which have been well-reviewed previously (Knight, Rosenberg, & Schneider, 1985; Levin & Stava, 1987; Murphy & Stalgaitis, 1987; Prentky, Cohen, & Seghorn, 1985; Quinsey, 1984, 1986). All of these approaches provide some understanding of sex offenders, although they do not always clearly translate into specific treatment programs.


Sexual Offense Cognitive Distortion Sexual Aggression Rape Myth Child Molester 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William D. Murphy
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TennesseeMemphisUSA

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