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Title: Sexual Arousal to Female Children in Gynephilic Men
Contributor(s): Lykins, Amy  (author)orcid ; Cantor, James M (author); Kuban, Michael E (author); Blak, Thomas (author); Dickey, Robert (author); Klassen, Philip E (author); Blanchard, Ray (author)
Publication Date: 2010
DOI: 10.1177/1079063210372141
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Abstract: Phallometric assessments of single-victim sexual offenders against children have suggested that only about 50% of these men are more attracted to children than they are to adults. This has raised the question of what motivates the other 50% of men to approach young girls for sex. Freund et al. showed that gynephilic men (i.e., men preferentially attracted to adult women) evidenced greater arousal to images of prepubescent girls than to images of males of any age or to nonerotic images, arguing that gynephilic men may approach prepubescent girls as a "surrogate" for their preferred erotic targets (i.e., adult women). One might argue that these phallometric results are artifactual, given that they were obtained in a time period during which images of nudity were far less common than they are today (thus any female nudity might have elicited arousal). To address this issue, the authors examined the sexual arousal patterns of 214 contemporary men who, based on self-report, offense history, and phallometric responses, were purely gynephilic. Results showed the "classical control profile": the greatest arousal to adult women, systematically decreasing arousal as the female stimuli became younger, and essentially no arousal to any age categories of males or to neutral (nonerotic) stimuli. Arousal to both pubescent and prepubescent girls was significantly greater than to neutral stimuli (p < .001 for both). Thus, Freund et al.'s results still appear to be valid, and the explanation for child molesting that they suggest still seems to be feasible.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 22(3), p. 279-289
Publisher: Sage Publications Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1573-286X
Field of Research (FOR): 170104 Forensic Psychology
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920209 Mental Health Services
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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