A Comparison of the general public's, forensic professionals' and students' attitudes towards female sex offenders

B.K. Gakhal, Sarah J. Brown

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    Abstract

    esearch investigating attitudes toward sex offenders has failed to specify
    the gender of the ‘sex offenders’. Given that most participants are unlikely
    to think of women as sex offenders, it is likely that reported attitudes relate
    to male sex offenders. This study investigated the attitudes towards female
    sex offenders of 92 members of staff employed by a UK chain store (public
    sample), 20 probation officers employed by a Regional Sex Offender Unit
    (forensic professional sample) and 64 undergraduate psychology students
    (student sample). Participants completed the Attitudes Toward Female Sex
    Offenders Scale adapted from the Attitudes Toward Sex Offenders Scale.
    Forensic professionals held significantly more positive attitudes than both
    the students and public. Comparisons between the responses in this study
    with those of previous studies revealed that the forensic professionals in this
    study held significantly more positive attitudes towards female sex
    offenders than professionals in previous studies did towards ‘sex offenders’.

    Publisher statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in the Journal of sexual aggression, 17 (1), pp. 105-116. The Journal of sexual aggression is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13552600.2010.540678
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)105-116
    JournalJournal of Sexual Aggression
    Volume17
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

    Bibliographical note

    This is an electronic version of an article published in the Journal of sexual aggression, 17 (1), pp. 105-116. The Journal of sexual aggression is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13552600.2010.540678.

    Keywords

    • Female sex offenders
    • attitudes to sex offenders
    • attitudes to female sex offenders
    • Attitudes to Sex Offenders Scale
    • attitudes of professionals working with sex offend
    • attitudes to crime

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