The enhancement of victim empathy among incarcerated child molesters

A treatment component aimed at enhancing empathy among child molesters is described and evaluated using a victim-specific measure of empathy. Twenty-nine non-familial child molesters were assessed prior to and immediately after this treatment component. The results revealed a significant improvement...

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Authors: Marshall, William L. (Author) ; O'Sullivan, Colleen (Author) ; Fernandez, Yolanda Maria (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
Published: 1996
In: Legal and criminological psychology
Year: 1996, Volume: 1, Issue: 1, Pages: 95-102
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Summary:A treatment component aimed at enhancing empathy among child molesters is described and evaluated using a victim-specific measure of empathy. Twenty-nine non-familial child molesters were assessed prior to and immediately after this treatment component. The results revealed a significant improvement in the offenders' scores on the measure of their empathy toward their own victims and in their reports of their own feelings of distress concerning victims of child abuse in general.
ISSN:2044-8333
DOI:10.1111/j.2044-8333.1996.tb00309.x