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A Behavior Analytically Modified Implicit Association Test for Measuring Sexual Categorization of Children

Gavin, Amanda and Roche, Bryan and Ruiz, Maria R and Hogan, Maria and O'Reilly, Anthony (2012) 'A Behavior Analytically Modified Implicit Association Test for Measuring Sexual Categorization of Children.' The Psychological Record, 62 (1). pp. 55-68. ISSN 0033-2933

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Abstract

The current study assessed the sexual categorization of children among a random sample of adults from the general population. Twenty-seven males and 27 females (N = 54) were exposed to a categorization task that assessed their ability to discriminate adult- from child-related words and sexual from non-sexual words. Then, in a modified Implicit Association Test they were required to respond with a particular key press to individual child- and adult-related stimuli paired with either sexual or nonsexual stimuli. In another block of testing the pairs of stimuli requiring a common key response were juxtaposed. There was more effective acquisition of common response functions for child/nonsexual than for child/sexual stimulus pairs for all participants combined. This effect was also observed for female participants separately but not for males. These findings support the utility of behavior-analytic variations of the Implicit Association Test but raise important considerations regarding their use as forensic and diagnostic tools.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2015 11:01
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2015 11:01
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12565

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