The relationship between static and dynamic risk factors and reconviction in a sample of U.K. child abusers

Sex Abuse. 2002 Apr;14(2):155-67; discussion 195-7. doi: 10.1177/107906320201400206.


This study examined how well historical information and psychometric data predicted sexual recidivism in a sample of child abusers about to undergo group-based cognitive behavioral treatment in the community. Static, historical factors, as measured by the Static-99 (R. K. Hanson & D. Thornton, 2000), significantly predicted recidivism over the 6-year follow-up period. High-risk men were over 5 times more likely to be reconvicted for a sexual offence compared to low-risk men. Adding psychometric measures of dynamic risk (e.g., pro-offending attitudes, socio-affective problems) significantly increased the accuracy of risk prediction beyond the level achieved by the actuarial assessment of static factors. This result indicates the importance of considering dynamic risk factors in any comprehensive risk protocol.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual* / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Psychometrics
  • Recurrence
  • Risk Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United Kingdom