Indirect Measures of Sexual Interest in Child Sex Offenders: A Multimethod Approach

  • Griffiths S
  • Hunter L
  • Longfellow E
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Abstract

Although there is strong meta-analytical evidence that deviant sexual interest in children is a major risk factor for recidivism in child sex offenders, the assessment of deviant sexual interest with self-report or phallometric measures is problematic. As an alternative approach for assessment, the Explicit and Implicit Sexual Interest Profile (EISIP) is introduced. It features direct self-report and indirect latency-based measures (Implicit Association Tests [IATs] and viewing time measures) of sexual interest in adults and children. The reliability and validity of the EISIP was investigated using a selected sample of child sex offenders (n = 38) and offender (n = 37) and nonoffender (n = 38) controls. Among the indirect measures, viewing time measures showed higher reliability and convergent and criterion validity than the IATs. However, the IATs independently accounted for criterion variance in multivariate analyses. The combined indirect measures showed good discriminative valid-ity between child sex offenders and controls.

Author-supplied keywords

  • child sex offending
  • deviant sexual interest
  • implicit measures
  • indirect measures
  • sexual preference

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Authors

  • Sharon Griffiths

  • Leona Hunter

  • Emma Longfellow

  • Ben Malinksi

  • Rachel Woodward

  • Ruth Philips

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