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NCJ Number: 220965 Find in a Library
Title: Development Pathways of Deviance in Sexual Aggressors
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior: An International Journal  Volume:34  Issue:11  Dated:November 2007  Pages:1441-1462
Author(s): Patrick Lussier; Benoit Leclerc; Jesse Cale; Jean Proulx
Date Published: November 2007
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4, Canada
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the behavioral antecedents of sexual aggressors and sought to determine how they related to persistent sexual reoffending in adulthood.
Abstract: Suffering from methodological limitations, results indicate the presence of three broad dimensions of deviance: internalization, externalization, and sexualization. Aggressors against children showed higher levels of internalization, whereas aggressors against adults reported higher levels of externalization. It is the dimension of sexualization and externalization, however that appear the most valuable in the understanding of sexual offending. Over the years, the study of the individual differences associated with the propensity to commit a sexual crime has been the subject of much debate. Drawing on recent theoretical and empirical developments, this study investigated the behavioral antecedents of deviance in sexual aggressors and how they related to sexual offending. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 553 convicted sexual aggressors to gather data on developmental history. Structural equation modeling was employed to analyze the behavioral antecedents. Tables, figures, references
Main Term(s): Sex offenders
Index Term(s): Antisocial attitudes; Behavior patterns; Behavior typologies; Deviance; Sexual addiction; Sexual assault; Sexual behavior
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