Is childhood sexual victimization associated with cognitive distortions, self-esteem, and emotional congruence with children?
The current paper examined the association between childhood sexual victimization (CSV) and constructs thought to be relevant for sexual offending in secondary analyses of three samples of adult males who committed sexual offences against children (N = 16, 28, and 20). Compared to participants who reported no CSV, those who reported CSV exhibited slightly to moderately more cognitive distortions and moderately to largely less negative evaluations of sexual offending against children; slightly to moderately higher self-esteem, positive evaluation of people who commit sexual offences, and identification with people who commit sexual offences against children; and much more emotional congruence with children. Our findings suggest that CSV may be associated with variables presumed to play a role in sexual offending against children. However, given the small sample sizes and other limitations of our studies, our evidence does not permit conclusions regarding causal relationships and any novel findings require replication.
|Keywords||Childhood sexual victimization, cognitive distortions, emotional congruence with children, self-esteem, sexual offending against children|
|Journal||Journal of Sexual Aggression|
Blank, C. (Carolyn), Nunes, K, Maimone, S. (Sacha), Hermann, C.A. (Chantal A.), & McPhail, I.V. (Ian V.). (2018). Is childhood sexual victimization associated with cognitive distortions, self-esteem, and emotional congruence with children?. Journal of Sexual Aggression. doi:10.1080/13552600.2018.1509574