Measuring deviant sexual interest in Adolescents using the emotional Stroop task.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/606264
Title:
Measuring deviant sexual interest in Adolescents using the emotional Stroop task.
Authors:
Price, Shelley A.; Beech, Anthony R.; Mitchell, Ian J.; Humphreys, Glyn W.
Abstract:
Adolescent sexual abusers are a heterogeneous group of offenders that often receive generic assessment and treatment services that are modeled on research findings from adult sex offender samples. The emotional Stroop task has been used to measure deviant sexual interest in adult samples. The purpose of the present study was to test whether the emotional Stroop task could also be used to assess deviant sexual interest in adolescent samples. Three groups of adolescents (a) sexual abusers (n = 24); (b) offending controls (n = 21); and (c) nonoffending controls (n = 21) completed two emotional Stroop tasks related to deviant sexual interest and tests of executive function. Adolescent sexual abusers were significantly slower to color-name some word stimuli than both adolescent offending controls and adolescent nonoffending controls. However, the task was unable to differentiate between the groups on most of the Stroop word categories. Very little research has been conducted with adolescent offender samples and the emotional Stroop task. Reaction time (RT) and Stroop bias outcome data for adolescent samples appear to be more unsystematic and weaker than has been observed in previous adult data. Based on potential difficulties with reading and development, the emotional Stroop task may not be a task suitable for measuring deviant sexual interest in adolescent samples.
Affiliation:
University of Chester, University of Birmingham, University of Birmingham, Oxford University
Citation:
Price, S. A., Beech, A. R., Mitchell, I. J., & Humphreys, G. W. (2014). Measuring deviant sexual interest in Adolescents using the emotional Stroop task. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 26(5), 450-471. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1079063213495897
Publisher:
SAGE
Journal:
Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment
Publication Date:
Oct-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/606264
DOI:
10.1177/1079063213495897
Additional Links:
http://sax.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/07/30/1079063213495897
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1079-0632
EISSN:
1573-286X
Appears in Collections:
Psychology

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dc.contributor.authorPrice, Shelley A.en
dc.contributor.authorBeech, Anthony R.en
dc.contributor.authorMitchell, Ian J.en
dc.contributor.authorHumphreys, Glyn W.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-21T10:47:36Zen
dc.date.available2016-04-21T10:47:36Zen
dc.date.issued2014-10en
dc.identifier.citationPrice, S. A., Beech, A. R., Mitchell, I. J., & Humphreys, G. W. (2014). Measuring deviant sexual interest in Adolescents using the emotional Stroop task. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 26(5), 450-471. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1079063213495897en
dc.identifier.issn1079-0632en
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1079063213495897en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/606264en
dc.description.abstractAdolescent sexual abusers are a heterogeneous group of offenders that often receive generic assessment and treatment services that are modeled on research findings from adult sex offender samples. The emotional Stroop task has been used to measure deviant sexual interest in adult samples. The purpose of the present study was to test whether the emotional Stroop task could also be used to assess deviant sexual interest in adolescent samples. Three groups of adolescents (a) sexual abusers (n = 24); (b) offending controls (n = 21); and (c) nonoffending controls (n = 21) completed two emotional Stroop tasks related to deviant sexual interest and tests of executive function. Adolescent sexual abusers were significantly slower to color-name some word stimuli than both adolescent offending controls and adolescent nonoffending controls. However, the task was unable to differentiate between the groups on most of the Stroop word categories. Very little research has been conducted with adolescent offender samples and the emotional Stroop task. Reaction time (RT) and Stroop bias outcome data for adolescent samples appear to be more unsystematic and weaker than has been observed in previous adult data. Based on potential difficulties with reading and development, the emotional Stroop task may not be a task suitable for measuring deviant sexual interest in adolescent samples.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSAGEen
dc.relation.urlhttp://sax.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/07/30/1079063213495897en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectadolescentsen
dc.subjectsexual offendingen
dc.subjectsexual interesten
dc.subjectSchemasen
dc.titleMeasuring deviant sexual interest in Adolescents using the emotional Stroop task.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1573-286Xen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chester, University of Birmingham, University of Birmingham, Oxford Universityen
dc.identifier.journalSexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatmenten
dc.date.accepted2013-07-01en
or.grant.openaccessYesen
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