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Attention and executive function deficits in adolescent sex offenders

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Thomas Kelly


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Thirty male adolescent sex offenders and 20 age-matched male adolescents completed an extensive battery of attention and executive function tests. Controls were obtained from adolescents from a socially and economically deprived background, typical of the offending group. The attention battery was based on Mirksy, Anthony, Duncan, Ahearn, and Kellam (1991) and the executive function battery on Kelly (2000a). Successful matching for IQ was not achieved and therefore ANCOVA comparisons were made between the groups, with IQ as the covariate. In attention a highly significant difference was found on the focus-execute factor and a significant difference on the shift factor. In executive function there was a highly significant difference only on the response speed factor. In all cases better abilities were demonstrated by the control group. The importance of thorough neuropsychological investigation in the clinical assessment of this forensic group is supported. The clinical implications of neuropsychological deficits in terms of risk assessment and clinical management are discussed.

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Author(s): Kelly T, Richardson G, Hunter R, Knapp M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Child Neuropsychology

Year: 2002

Volume: 8

Issue: 2

Pages: 138-143

Print publication date: 09/08/2010

ISSN (print): 0929-7049

ISSN (electronic): 1744-4136

Publisher: Psychology Press


DOI: 10.1076/chin.


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