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Are Sex Drive and Hypersexuality Associated with Pedophilic Interest and Child Sexual Abuse in a Male Community Sample?

Klein V, Schmidt AF, Turner D, Briken P - PLoS ONE (2015)

Bottom Line: The sample included 8,718 German men who participated in an online study.In moderated hierarchical logistic regression analyses self-reported contact sexual offending against children was linked to sexual fantasizing about children and anti sociality.There was no association between aggregated sex drive, and sexual abusive behaviour in the multivariate analyses.In contrast, self-reported child pornography consumption was associated with sex drive, sexual fantasies involving children, and anti sociality.

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Affiliation: Institute for Sex Research and Forensic Psychiatry, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany.

ABSTRACT
Although much is currently known about hypersexuality (in the form of excessive sexual behavior) among sexual offenders, the degree to which hypersexual behavior is linked to paraphilic and especially pedophilic interests in non-forensic populations has not been established.The purpose of the present study was to elucidate the associations between total sexual outlets(TSO) and other sex drive indicators, antisocial behavior, pedophilic interests, and sexual offending behavior in a large population-based community sample of males. The sample included 8,718 German men who participated in an online study. Hypersexual behavior as measured by self-reported TSO, self-reported sex drive, criminal history, and pedophilic interests were assessed. In moderated hierarchical logistic regression analyses self-reported contact sexual offending against children was linked to sexual fantasizing about children and anti sociality.There was no association between aggregated sex drive, and sexual abusive behaviour in the multivariate analyses. In contrast, self-reported child pornography consumption was associated with sex drive, sexual fantasies involving children, and anti sociality. Nevertheless, in convicted sexual offenders anti sociality, sexual preoccupation (like hypersexuality), and pedophilic interest are important predictors of sexual reoffending against prepubescent children.Therefore, in clinical practice an assessment of criminal history and pedophilic interests in hypersexual individuals and vice versa hypersexuality in antisocial or pedophilic men should be considered [corrected].

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Probability of contact child sexual abuse as a function of self-reported amount of child sexual fantasies (+ 1 SD vs. - 1 SD) and antisociality (aggregated non-sexual preconvictions; average of the sample [low] vs. two different preconvictions [high]).
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Mentions: Hierarchical logistic regression analyses revealed that self-reported contact sexual offending against prepubescent children was associated with child sexual fantasies and antisociality (without sexual preconvictions). In addition, a significant interaction between antisociality and sexual fantasies involving children emerged corroborating a moderation effect (Fig 1): For men who reported no preconvictions in the sample no link between sexual fantasizing about children and contact sexual offending against children emerged. However, the likelihood to report contact sexual abuse of children significantly increased for men who had reported prior convictions for criminal offences from two different categories (violence, property). Notably, aggregated sex drive showed no association with contact sexual abuse and no further interaction effects emerged (Table 3). Similar logistic regression analyses with self-reported child pornography consumption as criterion identified three independent links to sex drive, sexual fantasies involving children, and antisociality excluding sexual preconvictions. No further interactions were revealed.


Are Sex Drive and Hypersexuality Associated with Pedophilic Interest and Child Sexual Abuse in a Male Community Sample?

Klein V, Schmidt AF, Turner D, Briken P - PLoS ONE (2015)

Probability of contact child sexual abuse as a function of self-reported amount of child sexual fantasies (+ 1 SD vs. - 1 SD) and antisociality (aggregated non-sexual preconvictions; average of the sample [low] vs. two different preconvictions [high]).
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pone.0129730.g001: Probability of contact child sexual abuse as a function of self-reported amount of child sexual fantasies (+ 1 SD vs. - 1 SD) and antisociality (aggregated non-sexual preconvictions; average of the sample [low] vs. two different preconvictions [high]).
Mentions: Hierarchical logistic regression analyses revealed that self-reported contact sexual offending against prepubescent children was associated with child sexual fantasies and antisociality (without sexual preconvictions). In addition, a significant interaction between antisociality and sexual fantasies involving children emerged corroborating a moderation effect (Fig 1): For men who reported no preconvictions in the sample no link between sexual fantasizing about children and contact sexual offending against children emerged. However, the likelihood to report contact sexual abuse of children significantly increased for men who had reported prior convictions for criminal offences from two different categories (violence, property). Notably, aggregated sex drive showed no association with contact sexual abuse and no further interaction effects emerged (Table 3). Similar logistic regression analyses with self-reported child pornography consumption as criterion identified three independent links to sex drive, sexual fantasies involving children, and antisociality excluding sexual preconvictions. No further interactions were revealed.

Bottom Line: The sample included 8,718 German men who participated in an online study.In moderated hierarchical logistic regression analyses self-reported contact sexual offending against children was linked to sexual fantasizing about children and anti sociality.There was no association between aggregated sex drive, and sexual abusive behaviour in the multivariate analyses.In contrast, self-reported child pornography consumption was associated with sex drive, sexual fantasies involving children, and anti sociality.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Institute for Sex Research and Forensic Psychiatry, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany.

ABSTRACT
Although much is currently known about hypersexuality (in the form of excessive sexual behavior) among sexual offenders, the degree to which hypersexual behavior is linked to paraphilic and especially pedophilic interests in non-forensic populations has not been established.The purpose of the present study was to elucidate the associations between total sexual outlets(TSO) and other sex drive indicators, antisocial behavior, pedophilic interests, and sexual offending behavior in a large population-based community sample of males. The sample included 8,718 German men who participated in an online study. Hypersexual behavior as measured by self-reported TSO, self-reported sex drive, criminal history, and pedophilic interests were assessed. In moderated hierarchical logistic regression analyses self-reported contact sexual offending against children was linked to sexual fantasizing about children and anti sociality.There was no association between aggregated sex drive, and sexual abusive behaviour in the multivariate analyses. In contrast, self-reported child pornography consumption was associated with sex drive, sexual fantasies involving children, and anti sociality. Nevertheless, in convicted sexual offenders anti sociality, sexual preoccupation (like hypersexuality), and pedophilic interest are important predictors of sexual reoffending against prepubescent children.Therefore, in clinical practice an assessment of criminal history and pedophilic interests in hypersexual individuals and vice versa hypersexuality in antisocial or pedophilic men should be considered [corrected].

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus