Male and female perceptions of male and female individuals who have committed a sexual offence
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Previous research has identified sex discrepancies within male and female individual’s perceptions of individuals who have committed a sexual offence (Daly & Bordt, 1995; Ferguson & Ireland, 2006; Brown, Deakin & Spender, 2008). Male perceptions of individuals who have a committed sexual offence have been highlighted as being increasingly more negative than female perceptions (Ferguson & Ireland, 2006). The current study aimed to identify if further sex discrepancies were present within male and female perceptions of male and female individuals who have committed a sexual offence. The study consisted of a mixed design, with participants (N= 36, Male=15, Female=21) being requested to complete two questionnaires based upon the Perception of Sex Offenders Scale (3 subscales; sentencing management, stereotype endorsement and risk perception) (Harper & Hogue, 2015). The hypothesis that female individuals who have committed a sexual offence would be the most negatively perceived overall was supported by findings however, findings did not match the hypothesis entirely. The prediction that male perceptions of male and female individuals who have committed a sexual offence would be increasingly negative compared with female individuals perspectives, which were predicted to maintain more neutral were not supported by the results produced
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