An exploration of child sexual abusers cognitive distortions with special reference to the role of anger

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  • T Swaffer
  • Clive Hollin
  • Tony Beech
  • Richard Beckett
  • Dawn Fisher

Colleges, School and Institutes


There is a substantial literature looking at the relationship between cognitive distortions and child sexual abuse. In the present study, using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, a description of the type of cognitive distortions reported by child sexual abusers both pre- and post-intervention, and the role of anger in sexual offences against children are discussed. The implications of this information for subsequent intervention programmes are explored.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-44
JournalJournal of Sexual Aggression
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999