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NCJ Number: 158239 Find in a Library
Title: Evolutionary Perspectives on Sexual Offending
Journal: Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment  Volume:7  Issue:4  Dated:(October 1995)  Pages:301-315
Author(s): V L Quinsey; M L Lalumiere
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 15
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article applies the concept of evolutionary psychology to the offenses of rape and child molestation.
Abstract: Evolutionary psychology seeks explanations for mental mechanisms and behaviors with a gene-centered selectionist perspective. Two aspects of evolutionary theory which provide the background for accounts of sexual coercion and child molestation (including incest) are nepotistic behavior and sex differences in mating strategies. A consideration of sexual offending in the context of reproduction, particularly the male sexual psychology that has developed out of its relationship to reproductive success in ancestral environments, raises questions about the etiology of sexual aggression and child molestation. 91 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Psychological theories; Sex offense causes; Victims of Crime
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