1. Understanding Sex Offenders: An Introductory Curriculum
    • Section 3: Common Characteristics of Sex Offenders
  2. Who is the Typical Sex Offender?
    • There is no sex offender profile.
    • Sex offenders are a heterogeneous group.
    • They may be more similar to the general population than different.
  3. Sex Offenders Come From All Walks of Life
    • Age
    • Socioeconomic status
    • Intellectual functioning
    • Mental health
    • Gender
  4. Commonly Identified Characteristics
    • Deviant sexual arousal, interest, or preferences
    • Cognitive distortions
    • Social, interpersonal, and intimacy deficits
    • Victim empathy deficits
    • Poor self–management skills
    • Under–detected deviant sexual behaviors
    • History of maltreatment
  5. Key Examples of Static Risk Factors
    • Age of onset
    • Prior sex offenses
    • Male victims
    • Unrelated, unfamiliar victims
    • Deviant sexual interests, preferences
    • Unmarried
    • Antisocial personality/psychopathy
  6. Key Examples of Dynamic Risk Factors
    • Intimacy deficits/conflicts
    • Hostility
    • Emotional identification with children
    • Sexual preoccupation
    • Lifestyle instability, self–regulation difficulties
    • Crime–tolerant attitudes
    • Supervision and treatment non–compliance

The Etiology of Sexual Offending Behavior and Sex Offender Typology Currciculum Slides