What is it about?

Empathy, and especially empathy for victims, has played a prominent role in clinical and theoretical models of sexual offending. What's the evidence?

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Why is it important?

Empathy and sexual offending have long held a face-valid association with one another. Treatment programs have, largely, focused on victim empathy as a part of treatment. However, this research has not been supported by available research. This study provides new directions for treatment providers to address so that future offending behavior can be reduced.

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This page is a summary of: Cognitive, Affective, and General Empathy in Individuals Convicted of a Sexual Offense: A Meta-Analysis, Sexual Abuse, July 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1079063219858062.
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