Victims’ routine activities and sex offenders' Target selection scripts : a latent class analysis

Authors: Deslauriers-Varin, Nadine; Beauregard, Eric
Abstract: This study investigates target selection scripts of 72 serial sex offenders who have committed a total of 361 sex crimes on stranger victims. Using latent class analysis, three target selection scripts were identified based on the victim’s activities prior to the crime, each presenting two different tracks: (1) the Home script, which includes the (a) intrusion track and the (b) invited track, (2) the Outdoor script, which includes the (a) noncoercive track and the (b) coercive track, and (3) the Social script, which includes the (a) onsite track and the (b) off-site track. The scripts identified appeared to be used by both sexual aggressors of children and sexual aggressors of adults. In addition, a high proportion of crime switching was found among the identified scripts, with half of the 72 offenders switching scripts at least once. The theoretical relevance of these target selection scripts and their practical implications for situational crime prevention strategies are discussed.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 16 August 2010
Open Access Date: 15 November 2016
Document version: AM
This document was published in: Sexual Abuse : A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 22 (3), 315–342 (2010)
Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.
Alternative version: 10.1177/1079063210375975
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

Files in this item:
Description SizeFormat 
Deslauriers-Varin_Beauregard_2010_DepotULaval.pdf326.97 kBAdobe PDFThumbnail
All documents in CorpusUL are protected by Copyright Act of Canada.