Implicit measures in forensic settings: potential contextual contamination?

Dawson, Dave and Foster, Alison (2012) Implicit measures in forensic settings: potential contextual contamination? In: Association for Contextual Behavioral Science X World Conference, July 2012, Washington, D.C. . (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The use of implicit measures of cognition within forensic psychology domains has become increasingly popular. Due to convenience, however, the vast majority of these studies have primarily focussed on the implicit cognitions of individuals convicted of an offence who have or are receiving therapy. It thus becomes unclear whether the implicit differences identified in these individuals post-offence are indeed functionally related to their offending behaviour, or are simply an artefact of the therapeutic context, in which offence-specific concepts are salient and frequently paired. In order to explore potential contamination effects of offender therapy, we examined the implicit beliefs of treatment facilitators and compared these to a non-offending, non-professional control group. These findings are discussed in relation to previous and on-going IRAP research.

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Additional Information:The use of implicit measures of cognition within forensic psychology domains has become increasingly popular. Due to convenience, however, the vast majority of these studies have primarily focussed on the implicit cognitions of individuals convicted of an offence who have or are receiving therapy. It thus becomes unclear whether the implicit differences identified in these individuals post-offence are indeed functionally related to their offending behaviour, or are simply an artefact of the therapeutic context, in which offence-specific concepts are salient and frequently paired. In order to explore potential contamination effects of offender therapy, we examined the implicit beliefs of treatment facilitators and compared these to a non-offending, non-professional control group. These findings are discussed in relation to previous and on-going IRAP research.
Keywords:Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:6892
Deposited By: Dave Dawson
Deposited On:21 Nov 2012 20:49
Last Modified:21 Nov 2012 20:49

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