Cognitive Distortions and Affective Deficits in Sex Offenders: A Cognitive Deconstructionist Interpretation1

  title={Cognitive Distortions and Affective Deficits in Sex Offenders: A Cognitive Deconstructionist Interpretation1},
  author={Tony Ward and Stephen M. Hudson and William L. Marshall},
  journal={Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment},
  pages={67 - 83}
Sexually aggressive behavior is often facilitated and justified by distorted thinking and affective deficits. However, there is no clear conceptual model that accounts for the mechanisms which generate these phenomena and informs treatment goals. Sex offenders frequently demonstrate a number of underexplained features such as denial or minimization of offending, victim blaming, passivity, covert planning, dependence on immediate consequences, empathy and other emotional regulation deficits… 

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