The Construction and Development of Theory in the Sexual Offending Area: A Metatheoretical Framework

The Construction and Development of Theory in the Sexual Offending Area: A Metatheoretical Framework A major problem in the sexual offending area is the absence of an integrated approach to theory building. The lack of a framework to guide empirical and theoretical research has resulted in the ad hoc proliferation of theories that often overlap, and essentially neglect each others' existence. In this paper we outline a metatheoretical framework that will hopefully address these problems. This framework takes into account a number of different theory construction principles and ideas. It differentiates between different levels of theory, such as comprehensive, middle, and micro-levels, and stresses the importance of distinguishing between distal and proximal causal factors. After briefly describing this metatheory we illustrate its utility and demonstrate how different theories of sexual offending can be meaningfully integrated within this framework. We finish with some recommendations for theoretical development in the sexual offending domain. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment Springer Journals

The Construction and Development of Theory in the Sexual Offending Area: A Metatheoretical Framework

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 1998 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Subject
Psychology; Sexual Behavior; Psychiatry; Clinical Psychology; Criminology and Criminal Justice, general
ISSN
1079-0632
eISSN
1573-286X
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1022106731724
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Abstract

A major problem in the sexual offending area is the absence of an integrated approach to theory building. The lack of a framework to guide empirical and theoretical research has resulted in the ad hoc proliferation of theories that often overlap, and essentially neglect each others' existence. In this paper we outline a metatheoretical framework that will hopefully address these problems. This framework takes into account a number of different theory construction principles and ideas. It differentiates between different levels of theory, such as comprehensive, middle, and micro-levels, and stresses the importance of distinguishing between distal and proximal causal factors. After briefly describing this metatheory we illustrate its utility and demonstrate how different theories of sexual offending can be meaningfully integrated within this framework. We finish with some recommendations for theoretical development in the sexual offending domain.

Journal

Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and TreatmentSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 6, 2004

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