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The identification of sexual and violent motivations in men who assault women : implication for treatment

Beech, Anthony R., Ward, Tony and Fisher, Dawn 2006, The identification of sexual and violent motivations in men who assault women : implication for treatment, Journal of interpersonal violence, vol. 21, no. 12, pp. 1635-1653, doi: 10.1177/0886260506294242.

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Title The identification of sexual and violent motivations in men who assault women : implication for treatment
Author(s) Beech, Anthony R.
Ward, Tony
Fisher, Dawn
Journal name Journal of interpersonal violence
Volume number 21
Issue number 12
Start page 1635
End page 1653
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Beverly Hills, Calif.
Publication date 2006-12
ISSN 0886-2605
1552-6518
Keyword(s) rapists
rape
implicit theories
motivation
treatment implications
Summary A qualitative analysis of interview data with 41 rapists determined that five implicit theories (ITs) underlie rapists’ offense supportive beliefs/feelings/motives: (a) dangerous world (DW)—where men have feelings of generalized anger and/or resentment toward others; (b) women are dangerous—where men hold a set of attitudes that are hostile toward women; (c) women as sexual objects (WSO)—where women are seen as primarily sexual objects; (d) male sex drive is uncontrollable—where sexual urges are seen all consuming; (e) entitlement—where men feel that they can do exactly what they want. Consideration of whether DW or WSO ITs were present or absent indicated that three main groups could be identified: Group 1: violently motivated—presence of DW and/or absence of WSO; Group 2: sexually motivated—presence of WSO and/or absence of DW; Group 3: sadistically motivated—presence of DW and WSO. These results are discussed in terms of treatment needs of rapists.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0886260506294242
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30034163

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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