The development and validation of a psychometric measure of current sexual interest

Akerman, Geraldine (2015). The development and validation of a psychometric measure of current sexual interest. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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The aim of the thesis was the development and validation of a measure of current sexual interest, a need highlighted in a clinical setting (Akerman, 2008). Chapter 1 reviewed the current measures, evaluated their usefulness and highlighted the need for an accessible psychometric measure. Chapter 2 described the development of the measure highlighting the difficulties involved in assessing such an elusive entity, presenting findings from a small sample of men in custody in the UK.

In order to further validate the measure data was collected on other groups (men serving their sentence in the community in Texas, prisoners in less secure conditions in the UK described in Chapter 4 and students, Chapter 6) evoking discussion on the similarities and differences in sexual interest of such groups. As the findings evolved the need for a more objective measure was highlighted and so the Sex Offence Paralleling Behaviour Checklist was developed, allowing offence paralleling behaviour relating to risk, and observed by staff to be recorded.

The Case Study method is used to explore one case in depth in Chapter 5, presenting findings from both tools. Finally, Chapter 7 pulls together the strands of research and highlights where future research may be focused.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.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


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