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Exploratory Analysis of Executive Functioning for Female Sexual Offenders: A Comparison of Characteristics Across Offense Typologies

NCJ Number
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse Volume: 19 Issue: 4 Dated: July/August 2010 Pages: 434-449
Dawn M. Pflugradt; Bradley P. Allen
Date Published
July 2010
16 pages
This study investigated the neuropsychological characteristics of female sex offenders to determine if differences existed between offender typologies.
This study examined the association between female sexual offending behavioral patterns, as delineated by Sandler and Freeman's (2007) typologies, and executive functioning. The sample included all referrals for sexual offender assessments within a women's maximum/medium security prison between January 2009 and October 2009. Each subject was administered the Stroop (Golden & Freshwater, 2002) and Trail Making Test (Reitan, 2004) and were assigned to a typological category. Nonparametric analyses were conducted to determine if there was an association between typology and performance on neuropsychological tests. Results yielded no significant associations between test scores and typological category. Subjects displayed average capacities for a subset of executive functions, suggesting that the mechanisms for sexually offending behavior in females may differ from males. Tables and references (Published Abstract)