The role of cognitive distortions in paedophilic offending: Internet and contact offenders compared

  title={The role of cognitive distortions in paedophilic offending: Internet and contact offenders compared},
  author={Dennis Howitt and Kerry L. Sheldon},
  journal={Psychology, Crime \& Law},
  pages={469 - 486}
Abstract Cognitive distortions are held to contribute to sexual offending against children in a number of theoretical explanations of such crimes. However, not only is there little or no direct evidence in support of the centrality of cognitive distortions in offending but recent research has questioned whether the concept has explanatory power. Cognitive distortions are variously seen as necessary for the offender to offend against children, as post-offending justifications for the offence, or… 

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