Dynamic risk factors and the explanation of sexual offending

Tony Ward, Anthony Beech

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While the quality of empirical research on risk predication, assessment and management in the sexual offending field has been of a high standard, relatively little attention has been paid to theoretical issues related to risk and its conceptualisation. In this paper, we develop alternative ways of understanding dynamic risk factors and their utility in theory construction and case formulation. We would stress that this work is of a preliminary nature but believe that it is crucial that standard clinical and research practices are critically challenged from time to time, and their underlying theoretical assumptions evaluated. Our aim is to encourage researchers and practitioners to look at the issue of dynamic risk factors from a different viewpoint; one that we hope can help move the sex offender field forward.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-113
JournalPsychology, Crime and Law
Issue number2
Early online date29 May 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Sexual offenders
  • Risk Assessment
  • Aetiology


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