Classifying Sexual Offenders

The Development and Corroboration of Taxonomic Models
  • Raymond A. Knight
  • Robert A. Prentky
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


Classification is a fundamental cognitive operation. From the first perceptual contact with stimuli (Pomerantz, 1986; Treisman, 1986) through the ultimate integration and storage of information in long-term memory (Rosch & Lloyd, 1978), the identification, organization, and integration of elements that share common characteristics has been shown to be an essential component of perception and cognition. The critical function of classification in scientific investigation mirrors its central role in general cognition. Phenomenalists, realists, and con-ceptualists, despite their diverse metaphysical perspectives, all recognize the vital role of classification in science (Ghiselin, 1981). It stands as a necessary precursor and pervasive sustainer of all scientific progress (Hempel, 1965).


Sexual Assault Social Competence Sexual Offender Interrater Reliability Sexual Aggression 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond A. Knight
    • 1
    • 2
  • Robert A. Prentky
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBrandeis UniversityWalthamUSA
  2. 2.Research DepartmentMassachusetts Treatment CenterBridgewaterUSA

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