Title: Assessing cognitive distortions in sex offenders: A review of commonly used versus recently developed instruments
Authors: Vanhouche, Wouter ×
Vertommen, Hans #
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Société Belge de Psychologie
Series Title: Psychologica Belgica vol:39 issue:2-3 pages:163-187
Abstract: Researchers studying cognitive distortions of sex offenders have focused most of their efforts into developing psychometrically robust measures of dysfunctional beliefs and attitudes. In this paper research is discussed concerning four commonly accepted and widely used measures, and four recently developed instruments. We conclude that although some questionnaires are able to discriminate between the target group and control groups, several are open to social desirability bias. For only one scale, the Child Molest Scale, ability to discriminate between a target group not promised anonymity and a control group was reported. Although this instrument may announce a new step in the domain of assessment of cognitive distortions, it is argued that future tests should tap automatic processing in an attempt to avoid contamination by social desirability factors.
ISSN: 0033-2879
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Onderzoeksgroep psychodiagnostiek en psychopathologie (-)
Department of Marketing and Organisation Studies (MO), Leuven - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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