Differential sexual responding among four groups of sexual offenders against children

William Murphy, Mary R. Haynes, Susan J. Stalgaitis, Barry Flanagan

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Previous literature on typologies of child molesters has separated groups into those that display a primary sexual orientation to children (the pedophile) versus those where children serve as a surrogate (i.e., the incest case). However, empirical evidence to substantiate this distinction has been conflicting. A study by Quinsey et al. (1979), employing physiological measures of erection responses to slide stimuli, supported the above distinction. However, Abel et al. (1981), measuring erection responses to audiotaped descriptions of sexual interactions with children, found no differences between pedophiles and incest cases. The present study compared erection responses to slide and audiotaped stimuli of four groups of offenders against children: homosexual pedophiles, heterosexual pedophiles, incest cases, and a mixed diagnostic group. In general, regardless of the scoring method employed (percentage full erection or z-score transformation), the results indicated that with slide stimuli, pedophiles showed more responding to children than adults, while the opposite was true for the incest cases. However, with audiotaped descriptions, all groups evidenced more responding to children than adults. Reasons for the differences observed with various types of stimulus material are discussed, as are treatment implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-353
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1986

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Differential sexual responding among four groups of sexual offenders against children. / Murphy, William; Haynes, Mary R.; Stalgaitis, Susan J.; Flanagan, Barry.

In: Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, Vol. 8, No. 4, 01.12.1986, p. 339-353.

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Murphy, William ; Haynes, Mary R. ; Stalgaitis, Susan J. ; Flanagan, Barry. / Differential sexual responding among four groups of sexual offenders against children. In: Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. 1986 ; Vol. 8, No. 4. pp. 339-353.
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