Understanding the sexual fantasies of sex offenders and their correlates

Bartels, Ross M. and Gannon, Theresa A. (2011) Understanding the sexual fantasies of sex offenders and their correlates. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 16 (6). pp. 551-561. ISSN 1359-1789

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.avb.2011.08.002

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Abstract

Sexual fantasy is proposed to be an important factor in sexual offending. However, the existing research on this topic suggests that its role is multifaceted and interrelated with various other important factors associated with sexual offending. In this paper, we begin by examining some of the conceptual and definitional issues regarding the term ‘deviant sexual fantasy’. We then discuss the literature relating to sexual fantasies and some of its chief correlates, including: (1) sexual arousal, (2) affective states, (3) personality, and (4) behavior. Throughout the paper we discuss the relevant research and theories; identify possible areas for future research; and offer some suggestions for theoretical development.

Keywords:Sexual fantasy, Deviant sexual fantasy, Sexual arousal, Sexual offenders
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C810 Applied Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:11783
Deposited On:04 Sep 2013 09:58

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