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Title: Identifying Critical Dimensions for Discriminating Among Rapists
Journal: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology  Volume:59  Issue:5  Dated:(October 1991)  Pages:643-661
Author(s): R A Prentky; R A Knight
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: 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; MH 32309
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Considerable evidence in studies of both offender and nonoffender samples demonstrates that sexual aggression is determined by several variables and that convicted sexual offenders are markedly heterogeneous.
Abstract: Attempts to identify sexually coercive men in normal samples and to assess etiology, concurrent adaptation, treatment efficacy, and recidivism for convicted sexually aggressive offenders have also suggested that critical determining components of sexual aggression interact in complex ways. Strategies that examine the apparent heterogeneity of rapists focus on rational versus empirical techniques, clustering algorithms, and discriminating dimensions versus typological classification. Primary sources for hypotheses about critical discriminating characteristics involve clinical speculations and descriptive empirical studies. In evaluating hypothetically discriminating dimensions, consideration must be given to the amount and meaning of aggression, lifestyle impulsivity, antisocial personality traits, social competence, sexual fantasies, sadism, irrational attitudes and cognitive distortions, control and dominance, and disinhibitors. Problems associated with the creation of sexual aggression models are discussed. 99 references, 2 tables, and 2 figures (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Rapists; Sex offenders
Index Term(s): Aggression; Offender-nonoffender comparisons; Psychological theories; Rape causes; Sexual assault
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