The community attitudes toward sex offenders scale: The development of a psychometric assessment instrument

Wesley T. Church, Emily E. Wakeman, Sarah L. Miller, Carl B. Clements, Fei Sun

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Abstract

Objectives: The objective of this study was to examine the nature of individual attitudes toward sex offenders. Because the term "sex offender" tends to evoke strong emotions, and given that open-ended self reports tend to be highly subjective, particularly in the context of such pointed terminology, this study sought to develop an attitude assessment tool that addresses specific domains found in the literature. Methods: Through a number of iterations, the Community Attitudes Toward Sex Offenders Scale was developed. Results: Exploratory and subsequent confirmatory factor analyses found a four-factor, 18-item version to best represent the domains of interest. Factor and item characteristics are reported. Conclusions: Replication and extension to other populations appears warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-259
Number of pages9
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2008

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Attitudinal scales
  • Instrument development
  • Sex offenders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)

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