The ASWB exam content outline has this broad topic area: Characteristics of Perpetrators of Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation. We asked ChatGPT-an artificial intelligence machine--for a post on the topic. The response:

Perpetrators of abuse, neglect, and exploitation can come from all walks of life and can have a wide range of characteristics. However, there are some common traits that are often associated with perpetrators of abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

One characteristic of perpetrators is a lack of empathy. Perpetrators may be unable to recognize or care about the feelings and needs of the individuals they abuse, neglect, or exploit. They may be more focused on their own needs and desires and may not consider the consequences of their actions on others.

Another characteristic of perpetrators is a tendency towards controlling or manipulative behavior. Perpetrators may try to control the actions, thoughts, or feelings of the individuals they abuse, neglect, or exploit. They may use various tactics, such as emotional manipulation or intimidation, to maintain control over their victims.

Perpetrators of abuse, neglect, and exploitation may also have a tendency towards aggression or violence. They may use physical or verbal abuse to dominate or intimidate others, or may be prone to violent outbursts.

It is important to note that these characteristics are not always present in all perpetrators, and that individuals who exhibit these traits may not necessarily engage in abuse, neglect, or exploitation. However, recognizing these characteristics can help to identify potential perpetrators and take steps to prevent abuse, neglect, and exploitation from occurring.

The machine missed a few big ones: substance abuse, criminal history, impulsivity, entitlement, environmental stressors, and, in some cases, a history of being abused, neglected, or exploited themselves.

Want to dig deeper? A comprehensive list of risk and protective factors, broken down by category, is here.

The practice question writes itself.

Which of the following is a common characteristic of perpetrators of abuse, neglect, and exploitation?

Imagine a list of three or four responses, only one of them listed above. You have your answer!

Now you're that much more prepared for the test. To really get prepared, try SWTP's full-length practice tests. Each question of each test comes with thorough rationales and links for further study. There's no better way to prepare to pass the social work licensing exam.

Happy studying and good luck on the exam!

January 3, 2023
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