Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment [saj] PL100-167 December 9, 1999 2:40 Style ﬁle version Nov. 19th, 1999
Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2000
An Exploration of Child Sexual Abusers’ Sexual
Fantasies Before and After Treatment
and Dawn Fisher
Although there is a substantial literature looking at the relationship between de-
viant sexual fantasies and child sexual abuse, there is scant previous work that
focuses upon the actual content of such fantasies. The present study looks at child
sexual abusers’ deviant fantasies both pre- and postintervention. Using both qual-
itative and quantitative methodologies, a description of the frequency and content
of,andtriggers for, child sexualabusers’ deviant fantasies is reported both pre- and
postintervention. The implications of this information for subsequent intervention
programs is explored.
KEY WORDS: deviant sexual fantasies; child sexual abuse.
Any attempt made to deﬁne sexual fantasy would be a subjective process ne-
cessitating the acknowledgement of individually speciﬁc behaviors. Fantasies can
be controlled by the individual and can therefore be sexually arousing (Leitenberg
& Henning, 1995; Plaud & Bigwood, 1997; Rokach, Nutbrown, & Nexhipi, 1988).
Although fantasies can occur without any sexual activity (Cohen-Hustan, 1984),
sexual fantasy probably plays a role in the development and maintenance of future
sexual behavior (McGuire, Carlise, & Young, 1965; Plaud & Bigwood, 1997). This
assumption is based on the premise that an individual’s ﬁrst sexual experiences
School of Health and Social Sciences, Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK.
Centre for Applied Psychology, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK.
School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK.
Department of Forensic Psychology, Fairmile Hospital, Wallingford, Oxon OX10 9HH, UK.
Department of Psychology, Llanarth Court Hospital, Llanarth, Monmouthshire NPS 2YD, UK.
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