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Title: Schema profiles of mentally disordered sexual offenders
Author: Woodcock, Michael
ISNI:       0000 0004 8498 5029
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2015
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There has been growing interest in exploring the underlying schemas of sexual offenders in order to help understand the occurrences of such societal norm-breaking behaviour. Previous research has suggested that there may be differences between the schema profiles of those who offend against adults compared to those who offend against children. The research in this field is limited however, and largely focussed on those sexual offenders without a severe mental illness. This research therefore aimed at identifying if there are distinct differences between the schema profiles of those mentally disordered sexual offenders (MDSOs) who offended against children and those who offended against adults. Men detained within secure hospitals under the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended by the 2007 act) that have a well-documented history of sexual offending were invited to take part. Each participant completed the Young Schema Questionnaire and My Life questionnaire. Demographic and offence related information was collected through a semi-structured interview and file review. There were no significant differences between the profiles of those who offended against adults and those who offended against children. There were positive correlations found between certain Early Maladaptive Schema domains and the offending schemas. Significant differences were identified between the profiles of MDSOs and non-MDSOs (prison population) gained from published data. These results are suggestive of there not being as distinct schema profiles within the MDSO population as there is for the non-MDSO population. As the profiles differ between the populations however, this may be resultant of the mental illness within the MDSO population. The findings are discussed in regards to the literature, and the limitations and future research highlighted. The clinical implications of these results, specifically on the treatment offered to MDSOs, is also considered.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Schema ; Sexual offending ; Mentally disordered offenders