Criminal Diversity and Paraphilic Interests Among Adult Males Convicted of Sexual Offenses Against Children

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Title Criminal Diversity and Paraphilic Interests Among Adult Males Convicted of Sexual Offenses Against Children
Author Smallbone, Stephen Walkley; Wortley, Richard Keith
Journal Name International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Editor George B. Palermo
Year Published 2004
Place of publication USA
Publisher Sage Publications Inc.
Abstract Official demographic and offense history data (n = 362) and confidential self-report data on paraphilic interests and behavior (n = 221) obtained on adult males convicted of sexual offenses against children were analyzed. Considerable criminal diversity was observed, with all standard categories of offenses represented in offenders' criminal histories. Most (86%) of the offenders'previous convictions were for nonsexual offenses, and most (92%) of the recidivist offenders had previously been convicted of at least one nonsexual offense. The prevalence of diagnosable paraphilias was low, with only 5% meeting formal diagnostic criteria for multiple (two or more) paraphilias other than pedophilia. Sexual offenders'paraphilic interests were unrelated to the extent of their sexual offense convictions but were significantly related to the extent of their nonsexual offense convictions. The results are better explained by a general theory of crime than by traditional clinical conceptions linking sexual offenses specifically with sexual psychopathology.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://ijo.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/48/2/175
Copyright Statement Copyright 2004 Sage Publications. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. First published in International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. This journal is available online: http://ijo.sagepub.com/content/vol48/issue2/
Volume 48
Issue Number 2
Page from 175
Page to 188
ISSN 0306-624X
Date Accessioned 2005-04-29
Date Available 2007-04-02T05:17:40Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/5016
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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