Characteristics of Females Who Sexually Offend: A Comparison of Solo and Co-Offenders

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Characteristics of Females Who Sexually Offend : A Comparison of Solo and Co-Offenders. / Gillespie, Steven M; Williams, Rebecca; Elliott, Ian A; Eldridge, Hilary J; Ashfield, Sherry; Beech, Anthony R.

In: Sexual abuse : a journal of research and treatment, 16.11.2014.

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title = "Characteristics of Females Who Sexually Offend: A Comparison of Solo and Co-Offenders",
abstract = "Although recent typologies of female sexual offenders have recognized the importance of having a co-offender, the clinical characteristics of solo and co-female sexual offenders remain poorly understood. The aim of this study was to compare solo (n = 20) and co- (n = 20) female sexual offenders on a variety of clinical characteristics. It was found that although solo and co-offenders reported similar developmental experiences and psychological dispositions, differences were found in environmental niche, offense preceding, and positive factors. Specifically, solo offenders demonstrated a greater presence of personal vulnerabilities including mental health and substance abuse difficulties. Co-offenders reported a greater presence of environmentally based factors, including a current partner who was a known sex offender and involvement with antisocial peers. It is suggested that these results have implications for understanding assessment and intervention needs for these groups of sexual offenders.",
author = "Gillespie, {Steven M} and Rebecca Williams and Elliott, {Ian A} and Eldridge, {Hilary J} and Sherry Ashfield and Beech, {Anthony R}",
note = "{\textcopyright} The Author(s) 2014.",
year = "2014",
month = nov,
day = "16",
doi = "10.1177/1079063214556358",
language = "English",
journal = "Sexual abuse : a journal of research and treatment",
issn = "1079-0632",
publisher = "Springer",

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AU - Gillespie, Steven M

AU - Williams, Rebecca

AU - Elliott, Ian A

AU - Eldridge, Hilary J

AU - Ashfield, Sherry

AU - Beech, Anthony R

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PY - 2014/11/16

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N2 - Although recent typologies of female sexual offenders have recognized the importance of having a co-offender, the clinical characteristics of solo and co-female sexual offenders remain poorly understood. The aim of this study was to compare solo (n = 20) and co- (n = 20) female sexual offenders on a variety of clinical characteristics. It was found that although solo and co-offenders reported similar developmental experiences and psychological dispositions, differences were found in environmental niche, offense preceding, and positive factors. Specifically, solo offenders demonstrated a greater presence of personal vulnerabilities including mental health and substance abuse difficulties. Co-offenders reported a greater presence of environmentally based factors, including a current partner who was a known sex offender and involvement with antisocial peers. It is suggested that these results have implications for understanding assessment and intervention needs for these groups of sexual offenders.

AB - Although recent typologies of female sexual offenders have recognized the importance of having a co-offender, the clinical characteristics of solo and co-female sexual offenders remain poorly understood. The aim of this study was to compare solo (n = 20) and co- (n = 20) female sexual offenders on a variety of clinical characteristics. It was found that although solo and co-offenders reported similar developmental experiences and psychological dispositions, differences were found in environmental niche, offense preceding, and positive factors. Specifically, solo offenders demonstrated a greater presence of personal vulnerabilities including mental health and substance abuse difficulties. Co-offenders reported a greater presence of environmentally based factors, including a current partner who was a known sex offender and involvement with antisocial peers. It is suggested that these results have implications for understanding assessment and intervention needs for these groups of sexual offenders.

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