Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Distinguishing between sex offender types: Evolution, psychopathy, and neurologic impairment
by Hansen, Stephen C., Psy.D., Roosevelt University, 2010, 110; 3402445
Abstract (Summary)

According to the evolutionary theory of psychopathy, male psychopaths will use coercive sex with females of reproductive age as a mating strategy. Thus, psychopathic sex offenders will select victims of reproductive value. An explanation for male sex offenders who select children or male victims is the presence of neurodevelopmental perturbations that account for their non-sexually “fit” victim selection (i.e., deviant sexual arousal). The relevant literature on the relationship among sex offenders, psychopathy, and neurodevelopmental impairments is reviewed with the goal of developing a working theory of sex offending that can discriminate between offenders who sexually assault children and males and those who assault females of reproductive age. The review concludes with the implications such a theory may have on the treatment and management of these offenders and the implications for public policy and prevention.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Morris, Jeri
Commitee: Kvaal, Steven, Rossini, Edward
School: Roosevelt University
Department: Clinical Professional Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 71/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychobiology, Clinical psychology, Criminology
Keywords: Evolution, Neurodevelopmental impairment, Neurologic impairment, Psychopathy, Sex offender types, Sex offenders
Publication Number: 3402445
ISBN: 978-1-109-74557-3
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