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Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment [saj] PP021-290755 December 6, 2000 18:15 Style ﬁle version Nov. 19th, 1999
Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2001
An Exploration of Factors Related to Deviant
Sexual Arousal Among Juvenile Sex Offenders
William D. Murphy,
Mary R. Haynes,
and Elaine Steere
To date, there has been limited literature on the measurement of sexual arousal in
adolescent sex offenders. The data that exist have been somewhat mixed in terms
of factors related to deviant sexual arousal in this group. The present study, with
71 adolescent sex offenders, investigates the relationship between offender and
offense characteristics, including gender of victim, history of sexual abuse, history
of physical abuse, race, and interactions between these factors in the prediction of
physiologically measured sexual arousal to deviant and nondeviant stimulus cat-
egories. A number of variables signiﬁcantly predicted sexual arousal. The most
consistentpredictorswere genderofvictim, race,the interactionof race and gender
of victim, and to some extent the interaction of offender abuse history and gen-
der of victim. Caucasian subjects tended to respond more than African American
subjects did, and this has not been reported previously in the literature. The data
are discussed in terms of consistency with other literature, suggesting that those
juvenile offenders who target male victims and have been abused themselves may
be a high risk group. Limitations of this study are also addressed.
KEY WORDS: juvenile sex offenders; plethysmography; history of abuse; victim gender.
Sexual responding has been studied extensively in adult perpetrators (see
Murphy & Barbaree, 1994, for a review). Although little is known about the
arousal preferences of adolescent perpetrators, there is at least suggestive evidence
Department of Psychiatry, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Tennessee.
Department of Psychology, University of Nebraska, Nebraska.
Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center,
To whom correspondence should be addressed at Department of Psychiatry, University of Tennessee,
135 N. Pauline Street, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.
2001 Plenum Publishing Corporation