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NCJ Number: 229803 Find in a Library
Title: Developmental Pathways into Social and Sexual Deviance
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:25  Issue:2  Dated:February 2010  Pages:141-148
Author(s): John A. Hunter; Aurelio Jose Figueredo; Neil M. Malamuth
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 8
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used path analysis to examine the effects of four independent variables and four personality constructs on the ability to predict social and sexual deviance in a sample of adolescent males.
Abstract: Path analysis was used to assess the contribution of 4 exogenous developmental variables (sexual abuse, physical abuse, exposure to violence, exposure to pornography - each occurring prior to age 13) and 4 personality constructs ("psychopathic and antagonistic attitudes," "psychosocial deficits," "pedophilia," "hostile masculinity") to the prediction of non-sexual delinquency and number of male child victims in a sample of 256 adolescent males with a history of "hands-on" sexual offending. "Psychosocial deficits" was found to partially mediate the effects of the exogenous variables on both outcomes. Exposure to violence both directly, and indirectly through "psychopathic and antagonistic attitudes," contributed to the prediction of non-sexual delinquency. Sexual abuse by a male directly, and indirectly through "hostile masculinity" and "pedophila," contributed to prediction of number of male child victims. Clinical implications of the findings are discussed. Tables, figure, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile Sex Offenders
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child molesters; Child Sexual Abuse; Serious juvenile offenders; Sexual assault; Sexual behavior; Sexually abused adolescents
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