Exploring the function that denial serves for sexual offenders: considering the role of shame and guilt

Miles, Cerys L (2012). Exploring the function that denial serves for sexual offenders: considering the role of shame and guilt. University of Birmingham. Foren.Psy.D.

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This thesis explores the function of denial for sexual offenders, examining the role of shame and guilt. Chapter One provides an overview of the literature on the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders, drawing links to findings relating to shame/guilt and denial. Chapter Two reports the first systematic review to specifically examine existing research on shame/guilt and denial in sexual offenders. It highlights the lack of strong research exploring this relationship, although provides tentative evidence that shame is positively correlated with denial, while guilt is negatively correlated with denial in sexual offenders. In Chapter Three the correlation between shame/guilt and denial in sexual offenders is directly assessed. The findings are mixed, with some limited support for the positive relationship between shame and denial, and the negative relationship between guilt and denial in this population being generated. Possible reasons for the seemingly conflicting results are discussed, along with applications of the findings to theory, research and practice. Chapter Four is a critique of one of the psychometrics used in Chapter Three, including the background to its development, evidence for (and against) its reliability and validity and potential applications in research and applied settings. The thesis concludes in Chapter Five with a discussion of the findings of all chapters in relation to the aims set at the outset. While limitations are acknowledged, the unique contribution that the thesis makes to our understanding of the function of denial in sexual offenders, specifically in relation to shame and guilt, is highlighted.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Foren.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Foren.Psy.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/3865


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