In Defense of the Assault Cycle: A Commentary

In Defense of the Assault Cycle: A Commentary Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 11, No. 3, 1999 Mark S. Carich1 INTRODUCTION In a recent Editorial, Maletzky (1998) criticized the use of the concept "cycles" in treatment. Instead, he advocated the use of "chains." Maletzky defines a cycle as "a repeating series of occurrences, each event of which triggers the next and brings the whole back to the initial starting point...." A cycle is self-perpetuating, as once entered, it repeats endlessly because each step promotes the next" (p. 1). Maletzky levels several criticisms of the cycle. First, he asserts that offenders do not continuously search for victims. He also points out that after sexual release, most offenders do not automatically seek another victim. Another criticism is based on the individual "differences in modes of operation based upon different circumstances rather than a simple repetition of the same pattern time after time" and the lack of regularity and periodicity associated with the concept of the cycle. Maletzky points out that the lowest likelihood of sexual offending is after sexual release. Finally, he points out that chains are initiated by a triggering event, such as an increase in sexual desire or an opportunity to be with Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment Springer Journals

In Defense of the Assault Cycle: A Commentary

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright © 1999 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Psychology; Sexual Behavior; Psychiatry; Clinical Psychology; Criminology and Criminal Justice, general
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