Psychopathology and sexual aggression in nonincarcerated men

47 men who self-reported rape or attempted rape were compared to 56 sexually active men who denied perpetrating sexual aggression on psychopathology. The Ss were surveyed using the Sexual Experiences Survey (M. Koss and C. Gidycz, 1985), and completed structured clinical interviews. Sexually aggressive men reported a pattern of symptoms indicating impulse control problems; they had more conduct-disordered behavior in childhood, and abused alcohol and illicit drugs more than nonviolent men. These symptoms were clinically significant: a higher proportion of sexually aggressive men met criteria for child conduct disorder, and alcohol and drug abuse diagnoses than nonviolent men. Sexually aggressive men also reported more personality disorder symptoms than nonviolent men, suggesting that they had less empathy, and were more self-centered and manipulative than nonviolent men. These findings suggest that undetected sexually violent men have fairly severe and long-standing problems with impulsivity and add to the growing literature on common factors in criminal and nonincarcerated samples. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2002 APA, all rights reserved)
Author: 
Ouimette,Paige Crosby
Notes: 
LA- English AN- 1998-02448-007
Reprint Status: 
IN FILE
Start Page: 
389
End Page: 
395
Journal/Periodical Name: 
Violence and Victims
Volume: 
12
Issue: 
4
Abstract: 
The authors compare the psychopathological profiles of 47 rapists or would-be rapists to those of 56 sexually active but non-raping men. On the basis of the Sexual Experiences Survey (Koss Gidycz, 1985) and structured clinical interviews, the sexually aggressive men reported a pattern of symptoms indicating impulse control problems. They had more conduct-disordered behavior in childhood, and abused alcohol and illicit drugs more than did the nonviolent men. These symptoms were clinically significant: a higher proportion of sexually aggressive men met criteria for child conduct disorder as well as alcohol and drug abuse diagnoses than did nonviolent men. Sexually aggressive men also reported more personality disorder symptoms than nonviolent men, suggesting that they had less empathy, and were more self-centered and manipulative than nonviolent men. These findings suggest that undetected sexually violent men have fairly severe and long-standing problems with impulsivity. These results add to the growing literature on common factors in criminal and nonincarcerated samples.
Topic Areas: 
Perpetration
Reference Type: 
JOUR
Reference ID: 
310
Publication Date: 
1997