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Sexual Delinquents and Their (un) Attractiveness as Romantic Partners

Joris Beijers, from the Phoolan Devi Institute / VU University Amsterdam, made a contribution to the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, in the category “Criminological Theory, Research and Education,” under the title “Sexual Delinquents and Their (un) Attractiveness as Romantic Partners”. Here is the abstract: Research on the relationship between marriage or cohabitation and crime generally focuses on the effect of marriage on delinquency. Looking at it the other way around, we studied the effect of having committed different types of crime on the attractiveness as a cohabiting partner. In a vignette study (N=814) students were presented a case in which a young man and a young woman are about to live together. One of them, however, has offended a few years prior. The students are asked to which extent they would advise the other to indeed start cohabiting. We experimentally manipulated the type of offence (burglary, violent offence, interpersonal partner violence, sexual abuse, sexual abuse of a child), as well as gender, employment, time since offence and having a conviction for the offence. The results show that sexual offences, compared to other offences, lead to (much) more negative advice, with sexual offending as a child at the extreme. We investigate interaction effects with gender of the offender and respondent, criminal record, time lapsed and employment.

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  • “Sexual Delinquents and Their (un) Attractiveness as Romantic Partners”, by Joris Beijers (Proceedings)

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