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NCJ Number: 148915 Find in a Library
Title: Attitudes of Incest Offenders: Sexual Entitlement and Acceptance of Sex With Children
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:21  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1994)  Pages:187-202
Author(s): R K Hanson; R Gizzarelli; H Scott
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 16
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A questionnaire was developed and administered to determine the attitudes of 50 male incest offenders compared with those of 25 male batterers and 25 men not seeking treatment.
Abstract: The Hanson Sex Attitudes Questionnaire was developed for the current study. It contains the following scales: Frustration, Affairs, Sexual Entitlement, Sex/Affection Confusion, Sexy Children, and Sexual Harm. Respondents were asked to rate their agreement to a series of items using a five-point scale. The Marlow-Crowne Social Desirability Scale was used to assess the tendency to perceive and present oneself in an unrealistically positive manner. A background questionnaire designed for the current study obtained information on the subjects' demographic characteristics. For the incest offenders, there were additional questions on their offense history. Compared to the other groups, the incest offenders showed deviant attitudes in three domains: endorsing attitudes supportive of male sexual privilege (sexual entitlement), perceiving children to be sexually attractive and sexually motivated, and minimizing the harm caused by the sexual abuse of children. The results did not support theories that portray incest offenders as inhibited men who turn to their children out of sexual frustration. Incest offender did not report themselves to be any more sexually frustrated than the comparison groups. 3 tables, appended Hanson Sex Attitude Questionnaire, and 28 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Child molesters; Child Sexual Abuse; Incest; Offender attitudes
Note: An earlier version of this article was presented as a paper at the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers 11th Annual Research and Treatment Conference, Portland, Ore., November 1992.
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