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NCJ Number: 202015 Find in a Library
Title: Disorganized Attachment as a Diathesis for Sexual Deviance: Developmental Experience and the Motivation for Sexual Offending
Journal: Aggression and Violent Behavior  Volume:8  Issue:5  Dated:September-October 2003  Pages:487-511
Author(s): Linnea R. Burk; Barry R. Burkhart
Editor(s): Vincent B. Van Hasselt; Michel Hersen
Date Published: September 2003
Page Count: 25
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article focuses on the role of disorganized and delayed attachment processes to investigate adult and adolescent sexual offending as factors in the etiology of some sexual offense behavior.
Abstract: The article focuses on the unspecified difficult relational issues from which the sexual offender seeks to escape in an effort to fill in the early developmental states of the Marshall and Marshall Model (2000) with available empirical data and theory. Marshall and Marshall proposed a comprehensive etiological model of sexual offending which seeks to include both biological and social components, including attachment processes. In this article, three core areas are addressed: (1) how disorganized attachment creates a highly aversive intrapersonal experience; (2) how the quality of life of sexual offenders and individuals with attachment disruptions are similar; and (3) how sexual behavior comes to be an important self-regulatory strategy for some individuals. It is hypothesized that individuals with disorganized attachment experiences do not adequately develop and/or fail to adequately internalize self-regulatory skills, and may be more likely to rely on externally based means of self-regulation. Sexual offending is seen as one of many possible strategies of externally based intra- and interpersonal control that emerge mainly in adolescence in response to several pressures. References
Main Term(s): Sexual behavior
Index Term(s): Crime causes theory; Criminology theory evaluation; Developmental criminology; Deviance; Sex offenders; Sex offense causes
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