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Title: Learning disabled child sex offenders : sexual knowledge, locus of control, and attitudes consistent with sex offending
Author: Talbot, Tiffany Jane.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3496 6813
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2004
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Background Previous research indicated that sex offending against children, by people with or without a learning disability, is a serious problem. Our current understanding and treatment of learning disabled sex offenders has been adapted from literature concerning non-learning disabled sex offenders. There is limited empirical support for this. Additionally, variations between these populations suggest that this may not be appropriate. Three variables of interest arose from the literature due to their questionable empirical support, and their salience in current theory and practice: general sexual knowledge, locus of control, and attitudes consistent with sex offending. It was hypothesised that if adaptation was appropriate, these variables should distinguish between learning disabled sex offenders and non-offenders. Method A between groups design, employing structured questionnaire methodology, investigated differences between nineteen learning disabled sex offenders and eighteen learning disabled non-offenders, on the variables of interest. Results Participants did not differ significantly on sexual knowledge, except on two subsections (Physiology: Pictures and Sexuality). There was no difference between participants on either locus of control or attitudes consistent with sex offending. Further analysis showed no relationship between the variables of interest and eitherFull Scale IQ, Frequency of Offending, or Participation in Treatment. Concerns were raised over the clinical implications of these findings. Conclusion The results questioned meaningfulness of adopting aspects of the non-learning disabled sex offending literature for the learning disabled population. No evidence supported the conjectured link between sexual knowledge and sex offending in the learning disabled population. Sex offenders and non-offenders were not distinguished by either locus of control or attitudes consistent with sex offending. It was suggested that research should further investigate the evidence base adapted to the non-learning disabled population, in order to provide appropriate empirical support for the theory and treatment of this complex group
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: null Sex offenders Psychological aspects. Learning disabled Sexual behaviour.