Associations between trait anger and aggression used in the commission of sexual offenses

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Title Associations between trait anger and aggression used in the commission of sexual offenses
Author Smallbone, Stephen Walkley; Milne, Harry James Ogston
Journal Name International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Year Published 2000
Place of publication USA
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract Archival data on 110 incarcerated adult sexual offenders were used to examine associations between trait anger and type and level of aggression used in the commission of their sexual offenses. Intrafamilial child molesters (n = 43), extrafamilial child molesters (n = 35), and rapists (n = 32) did not differ in trait anger. In the combined group, significant associations were found between trait anger and verbal aggression, but not between trait anger and physical aggression. Offenders who used threats of death had higher levels of trait anger temperament, anger reaction, and anger directed outward, and lower levels of anger control than those who had used no verbal aggression. The absence of association between trait anger and physical aggression suggests that physical aggression employed in the commission of sexual offenses may be largely instrumental. Implications for engaging sexual offenders in anger management intervention, and for victim resistance to sexual assaults, are considered.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://ijo.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/44/5/606
Copyright Statement Copyright 2000 Sage Publications. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. First published in International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. This journal is available online: http://ijo.sagepub.com/content/vol44/issue5/
Volume 44
Page from 606
Page to 617
ISSN 0306-624X
Date Accessioned 2001-01-01
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Subject Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/3397
Publication Type Article in Scholarly Refereed Journal
Publication Type Code c1

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