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Title: Hypothetical Biological Substrates of a Fantasy-Based Drive Mechanism for Repetitive Sexual Aggression (From Rape and Sexual Assault III, P 235-256, 1991, Wolbert Burgess, ed. -- See NCJ-134540)
Author(s): R A Prentky; A W Burgess
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: Garland Publishing, Inc.
New York, NY 10003-3304
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 82-IJ-CX-0058; 84-JW-AX-K010; MH32309
Sale Source: Garland Publishing, Inc.
19 Union Square
West Floor 8
New York, NY 10003-3304
United States of America
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper develops the hypothesis that the fantasy life of a sex offender may be related to repeated acts of sexual violence and that putative biological factors may help to explain the repetitive component of serial sexual violence.
Abstract: The authors have begun to test a fantasy-based information processing model of repetitive sexually aggressive behavior (Burgess et al., 1986). This paper explores hypothetical biological correlates of the model. The discussion is based in the assumption that fantasy is a cognitive process, i.e., a retrieved memory. The paper hypothesizes that there are marked individual differences in the strength or vividness of sexual fantasies as well as their intrusiveness and reiterativeness; the presence of these two factors will be pronounced in cases of repetitive sexual assault. A fully integrated theoretical model must address three questions: What coexisting conditions motivate the offense? What antecedent factors are associated with these conditions? and what constitutional and situational factors increase or decrease the likelihood of the occurrence of the behavior? Regarding the first question, the paper argues that the presumptive condition that motivates the offense behavior is an intrusive, sexually deviant fantasy life whose parameters have a biological underpinning. The origin of the deviant fantasies (second question) is hypothesized to be protracted experiences of childhood abuse. Mediating or disinhibiting factors that increase or decrease the likelihood of acting on the fantasies (third question) are not discussed in this paper. 69 references
Main Term(s): Biological influences; Rape causes
Index Term(s): Aggression; Habitual offenders
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