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Title: Developmental Antecedents of Sexual Aggression
Author(s): R A Prentky; R A Knight; J E Sims-Knight; H Straus; F Rokous; D Cerce
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 49
Sponsoring Agency: Massachusetts Treatment Ctr
Bridgewater, MA 02324
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 82-IJ-CX-0058; MH32309
Sale Source: Massachusetts Treatment Ctr
Research Dept
Box 554
Bridgewater, MA 02324
United States of America
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A study of 82 sex offenders incarcerated at the Massachusetts Treatment Center suggests that childhood experiences with caregivers and disruption of caregiver relationships may be important to understanding sexual aggression in adulthood.
Abstract: Brief structured clinical interview data and institutional history up to age 18 were examined and coded. Four factors were derived from principal components analysis, and multiple regression analyses were performed with two noteworthy results. First, distinct aspects of developmental history were related to sexual and non-sexual aggression in adulthood. Associated with the severity of sexual aggression were caregiver inconstancy and sexual deviation in the family. Related to the severity of non-sexual aggression were childhood and juvenile institutional history and physical abuse and neglect. Second, the severity of aggression rather than the frequency of crimes was predicted by developmental history, a finding contrary to previous studies of criminal populations. 7 tables, 74 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Psychological causes of delinquency; Sex offense causes
Index Term(s): Aggression; Child abuse as delinquency factor; Home environment; Massachusetts
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