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Cruise, Keith R., Classification of denial in sex offenders: An investigation
of response styles. Master of Science (Psychology), May, 1998,122 pp., 31
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Standard psychological assessment instruments have not produced
consistent results by which decisions can be made regarding the appropriate
placement and legal disposition of an individual who has committed a sexual
offense. The purpose of the present study was to systematically investigate
deception and dissimulation as measured by three assessment instruments
commonly utilized with sex offenders. A denial classification system was utilized
in order to classify offenders into categories based on their level of admission to
the legal system. The four group classification system did not produce
significant differences on all measures of deception and dissimulation. Contrary
to previous research, admitters were found to respond more defensively than
deniers on one of the assessment instruments. In addition, partial deniers were
identified as responding significantly differently from both admitters and deniers
on a separate instrument. The differences found suggest that sex offenders'
level of deception is multifaceted. Difficulties in identifying classificatory
strategies and implications for theoretical conceptions of denial within this
population are discussed.
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Cruise, Keith R. Classification of Denial in Sex Offenders; an Investigation of Response Styles, thesis, May 1998; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc278274/m1/2/: accessed October 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .