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NCJ Number: 157515 Find in a Library
Title: Sexual Addiction: A Look at the Concept and How Well It Explains Sex Offenders
Journal: Corrective and Social Psychiatry  Volume:40  Issue:1-4  Dated:(1994)  Pages:16-20
Author(s): R Eisenman
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 5
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This critical examination of the sexual addiction concept of Carnes identifies a problem with its ritualization concept, since normal people engage in social rituals much of the time.
Abstract: Case histories of young sex offenders treated in prison are presented to promote an understanding of sex offenders and to suggest that two parts of the Carnes sexual addiction cycle, preoccupation and compulsive sexual behavior, are helpful in working with sex offenders. The other two parts of the Carnes sexual addiction cycle, ritualization and despair, are not applicable to young sex offenders. The Carnes concept is seen as having limited usefulness in working with incarcerated sex offenders. Issues regarding sex offenders are addressed, and recommendations for further research are offered. 14 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Juvenile Sex Offenders; Sex offender treatment; Sexual assault victims; Sexual behavior
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