Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Survivor confrontation and offender victim empathy in the treatment of sexual offenders
by Reynolds, Jeffrey Charles, Ph.D., Northcentral University, 2003, 82; 3092074
Abstract (Summary)

Scope of study. This study examines an existing sexual offender treatment group that is unusual in nature because it brings together both offenders and survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The research has been designed to determine the strength of any relationship that may exist between confrontational behavior by the survivors and empathic behavior by the offenders.

Findings and conclusions. This study shows that, with proper safeguards, combining survivors and offenders of sexual abuse can be done effectively. In addition, by a careful review of clinical records, a significant relationship between survivor confrontational behavior and offender empathic behavior was established (r = .42, p < .01). Also, through the cross tabulation of the two behaviors within group sessions, it was shown that empathic behavior occurs far more frequently when confrontational behavior is present.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jones, Richard
School: Northcentral University
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 64/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychotherapy, Criminology
Keywords: Empathy, Sexual offenders, Survivor confrontation, Victim empathy
Publication Number: 3092074
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