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Title: Toward a Theory of Sexual Aggression: A Quadripartite Model
Journal: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology  Volume:59  Issue:5  Dated:(October 1991)  Pages:662-669
Author(s): G C Nagayama Hall; R Hirschman
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: MH45700
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Sexually aggressive behavior against adult females is an increasingly serious social problem, and the need for a unified theoretical model is addressed by integrating elements of existing models into a quadripartite model in which the heterogeneity of sexual aggressors is accounted for by the prominence of potential etiological factors.
Abstract: In the process of formulating the quadripartite model, the authors have attempted to reorganize salient components of existing models. They propose that certain physiological, cognitive, affective, and personality precursors increase the probability of sexually aggressive behavior. The absence of any one of these precursors may decrease the likelihood of such behavior, although the intensity of one or more of the precursors may increase the intensity of other precursors and concomitantly increase the likelihood of sexually aggressive behavior. The heterogeneity of sexually aggressive persons is accounted for by physiological sexual arousal, cognitions that justify sexual aggression, affective dyscontrol, and personality problems. Although not a critical component of the quadripartite model, environmental factors may alter the expression of sexual aggression in form, but not in substance, with respect to basic psychological mechanisms. The authors believe that further progress in assessment and treatment research requires a comprehensive yet parsimonious framework to evaluate the relative prominence of various precursors in different sexually agressive populations. 64 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Crime causes theory; Rape causes
Index Term(s): Aggression; Causal models; Psychological theories; Sex offenders; Sexual assault
Note: Earlier version of article presented at the 98th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, 1990, Boston
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