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Title: Deviant Sexual Fantasies as Motivated Self-Deception (From Sex Offender: New Insights, Treatment Innovations and Legal Developments, Volume II, P 8-1 to 8-14, 1997, Barbara K. Schwartz and Henry R. Cellini, eds. - See NCJ-167745)
Author(s): R C Wright; S L Schneider
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Civic Research Institute, Inc
Kingston, NJ 08528-9982
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: MH52273
Sale Source: Civic Research Institute, Inc
4478 US Route 27
P.O. Box 585
Kingston, NJ 08528-9982
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The nature and role of sexual fantasies in perpetrators of child sexual abuse are examined, with emphasis on empirical findings regarding nonsexual motivations for sex offenses, the role of self-deceptive strategies in sexual fantasy, and the process by which self-deception leads to cognitive distortions that precipitate abuse.
Abstract: Questionnaire data from 101 men on probation for felony child sexual abuse and 89 men on probation for nonsexual felonies revealed that sex offenders appear to have a more fragile self-concept and are more focused on ego-motivations in their sexual offenders than are nonoffenders. Sex offenders are more likely than others to use fantasies as a tool to reinforce their positive self-view and to minimize any potential threats to their positive self-view. The authors' theory of motivated self-deception suggests that the sexual fantasies of sex offenders are likely to incorporate powerful self-deceptive strategies that have a central influence on developing and maintaining the distorted belief system that enables offenders to abuse without recognizing the harm they are causing. Addressing the functions served by deviant fantasies throughout the entire chain of abuse does not by itself stop offenders from reoffending. However, it may make it more difficult for them to ignore how they create the latitude they need to interpret things as they wish and how they are ultimately responsible for their choices to act. 34 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Offender attitudes; Self concept; Sex offenders; Sexual assault victims
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