Exploration of the Community Attitude toward Sex Offender Scale in a Chinese Cultural Context

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-48
Journal / PublicationAsian Journal of Criminology
Issue number1
Online published8 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014


Chinese culture holds very different beliefs regarding sex offenses, violence against women and punishment against offenders. Little is known however about Chinese attitudes toward sex offenders and sex offending policies. The aim of this study was to validate the Community Attitude toward Sex Offender Scale in the Chinese cultural context. Results from a territory-wide telephone survey in Hong Kong revealed a three factor structure that measures perceptions of sex offenders' social isolation, deviancy and punitive attitudes toward sex offenders. The scale has been renamed as the simplified Community Attitude toward Sex Offender Scale-Chinese (CATSO-C). Each subscale and the total scale showed acceptable internal reliability. This instrument has implications for future cross-cultural studies as well as professionals that work with sex offenders. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

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  • Chinese culture, Factor analysis, Scale validation, Sex offenders, Sex offending policies