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NCJ Number: 118982 Find in a Library
Title: Sex Murder and Sex Aggression: Phenomenology, Psychopathology, Psychodynamics and Prognosis
Author(s): E Revitch; L B Schlesinger
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 137
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Publication Number: ISBN 0-398-05556-4
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Sexual aggression that often results in sexual homicide is examined in terms of its underlying dynamics, its two major forms, and the prognosis for different types of offenders.
Abstract: The analysis explains how gynocide, which is based on anger directed at the mother but displaced toward another female and resulting in sexual homicide, is part of the continuum of sexual aggression. The two main forms of gynocide are catathymic gynocide, which occurs suddenly when the offender experiences an overwhelming set of emotions, often in combination with certain situational factors, and compulsive offenses, which result from other types of extreme internal pressures. Guidelines and case studies are presented to aid clinicians in differentiating catathymic and compulsive gynocide from similar diagnoses. Factors to be considered before making a prediction regarding future dangerousness are also detailed. 125 references.
Main Term(s): Sex offense causes
Index Term(s): Gynocide; Homicide; Hostility-crime relationships; Psychosexual behavior; Sex offender profiles
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