Cognitive errors (CE) and coping strategies (CS) are the focus of most cognitive-behavioral treatments for incarcerated
child molesters. Several studies have reported differences in CEs and CSs between child molesters and controls.
However, the vast majority of these studies assessed cognitive errors and coping using questionnaires, which are
known to present a number of important limitations. This pilot study aimed to compare the CEs and CSs of N = 17 incarcerated
child abusers and N = 12 controls using observer-rated methods, namely the Cognitive Error Rating Scale (CERS;
Drapeau et al., 2005) and the Coping Action Pattern Rating Scale (CAPRS; Perry, Drapeau, & Dunkley, 2005). Results
showed that child molesters presented more cognitive errors, in particular positive selective abstraction, and lower coping
functioning, such as escape strategies. Treatment and research implications, including the use of observer-rated methods,