The Consequences Of Early Studies On Attraction To Children

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Early studies on attraction to children included many questionable techniques, such as physical measurements of attraction based on risqué pictures of children. These studies are not considered useful in today’s society, so the need to include these in the literature review is absent and would create the need to discuss limitations that have already been overcome in more recent research. Valid studies on the victim-offender cycle specifically regarding CSA became more frequent in the late 1990’s, so the studies summarized in this section will be studies based off these early studies. The more recent studies have improved upon older studies by great measures, so it is necessary only to go into depth with the newer information. One of the…show more content…
In the discussion of this study, it was noted that the offender group was more frequently abused in multiple ways (physical and emotional, the non-offender group was disregarded in analysis of single abuse since they obviously had a 100% victimization rate) than the non-offender group, possibly because they were more socially disadvantaged and therefore more likely to be reported and convicted than those more privileged (Briggs & Hawkins, 1996). It was concluded by Briggs and Hawkins (1996) that since an initial requirement of the non-offender group was that they be a victim of CSA, it would not be reasonable to point to victimization as a probable reason for becoming an offender based on this data, though they do assume that a 93% victimization rate (the percentage of offenders that were victims of CSA) is higher than the general population. The authors note their contribution to the field of research on this topic as a realization that boys who discount their own victimization are more likely to become a child molester than those who realize what has happened to them is not normal (Briggs & Hawkins, 1996). In 2001, Glasser, Kolvin, Campbell, Glasser, Leitch, and Farrelly published their study on the cycle of CSA, stating that there was a widespread background of belief in the cycle or overlap in victims and offenders, but little to no data to prove it. They
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