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An integrated theory of sexual offending

Ward, Tony and Beech, Anthony 2006, An integrated theory of sexual offending, Aggression and violent behavior, vol. 11, no. 1, January-February, pp. 44-63, doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2005.05.002.

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Title An integrated theory of sexual offending
Author(s) Ward, Tony
Beech, Anthony
Journal name Aggression and violent behavior
Volume number 11
Issue number 1
Season January-February
Start page 44
End page 63
Publisher Elsevier Science
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2006-01
ISSN 1359-1789
1873-6335
Keyword(s) theories of sex offending
evolution
genetics
neurobiology
ecology
clinical symptoms
risk assessment
Summary This paper represents a first attempt to provide an integrated framework to explain the onset, development, and maintenance of sexual offending. According to the Integrated Theory of Sexual Offending (ITSO), sexual abuse occurs as a consequence of a number of interacting causal variables. We examine the factors that affect brain development (evolution, genetic variations and neurobiology) and ecological factors (social and cultural environment, personal circumstances, physical environment) and discuss how they impact upon core neuropsychological functions underpinning human action. The ITSO then explains how clinical symptoms arise from the interaction between these neurological systems and ecological factors. The capacity of the ITSO to incorporate competing theories of sexual offending is considered, and we end the paper by critically evaluating its usefulness in stimulating research and further theory development.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.avb.2005.05.002
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 ©2005, Elsevier Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30034222

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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