The aim of this paper is to highlight the practical utility of using repertory grids with sexual offenders in denial and to demonstrate through a case study how they can be used to bolster both initial assessment and psychological formulation.
The study uses a single case study design and applies a repertory grid methodology, which is underpinned by personal construct psychology, to make sense of the case study. The analysis predominately focuses on the structure of the repertory grid.
The case study appeared to elicit factors that were of clinical utility and which could be used as tentative hypotheses for problem formulation and also seemed to point to an adequate starting point for intervention.
The use of the case study makes generalisation difficult and future research may benefit from more large‐scale research.
Rather than subscribing to fatalist notions of deniers as untreatable, the paper argues that constructive work can be done with this population and that repertory grids can be one way to initially facilitate this process.
Currently “total deniers” are excluded from treatment and are seen as untreatable. It is argued here that this need not be the case and it is demonstrated how repertory grids can inform initial formulation with such offenders. Repertory grids have not been used with deniers before and this is an original feature of this research.
Blagden, N., Winder, B., Gregson, M. and Thorne, K. (2012), "The practical utility of using repertory grids with sexual offenders maintaining their innocence: a case study", The British Journal of Forensic Practice, Vol. 14 No. 4, pp. 269-280. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636641211283075Download as .RIS
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