From Sexual Deviance to Abuse: Etiology, Attribution and Prevention


Series: Health Psychology Research Focus
BISAC: FAM001000

The concept of sexual deviance refers to the nature of sexual behavior that is nonconforming with societal norms or expectations, is maladaptive and interferes with the individual’s functioning. Sexual deviance is also often perceived as harmful or even dangerous. In most cases, it manifests through the use of force, sexual focus on children or other anomalous activities and targets. It encompasses a vast range of atypical or aberrant sexual behaviors that may or may not be formalized into a law.

The author of this book adheres to the theory that although sexual violence may be motivated by opportunistic factors, the common denominator in most instances of sexual abuse is sexual deviance. The results of the authors’ research indicate that most male and female subjects interpret sexual deviance as a multi-causal phenomenon; however, juvenile sex offenders are more likely to externalize these causes rather than attribute them to internal factors. This book is divided into three major parts. The first part focuses on critical review of different theories of etiology of sexual deviance, sex offender characteristics and treatment implications; the second explores attribution of sexually abnormal behavior and its measurement; and the third describes the findings of the study and their relevance to the treatment of sexual abusers.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents




1. Introduction

2. Purpose of the Study

3. Method

4. Model of Normal, Deviant and Antisocial Behavior

5. Nature and Extent of Sexually Deviant and Abusive Behavior

6. Etiology of Sexual Deviance and Abuse

7. Psycho-social Characteristics of Sexual Abusers

8. Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation

9. Attribution of Sexual Deviance

10. Measure of Attributions and Cognitive Distortions

11. Construction of the Attribution of Sexual Deviance Questionnaire (ASDQ)

12. Reliability and Validity of the ASDQ

13. Sample

14. Results of the Study

15. Summary, Interpretation and Discussion




Audience: Students, graduate students, psychologists, social workers, counselors, therapists and other practitioners working in the field of sexual abuse prevention

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