Sexual murderers' implicit theories

Beech, Anthony, Fisher, Dawn and Ward, Tony 2006, Sexual murderers' implicit theories, Journal of interpersonal violence, vol. 20, no. 11, pp. 1366-1389, doi: 10.1177/0886260505278712.

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Title Sexual murderers' implicit theories
Author(s) Beech, Anthony
Fisher, Dawn
Ward, Tony
Journal name Journal of interpersonal violence
Volume number 20
Issue number 11
Start page 1366
End page 1389
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Beverly Hills, Calif.
Publication date 2006-11
ISSN 0886-2605
Keyword(s) sexual murder
implicit theories
Summary Interviews with 28 sexual murderers were subjected to grounded theory analysis. Five implicit theories (ITs) were identified: dangerous world, male sex drive is uncontrollable, entitlement, women as sexual objects, and women as unknowable. These ITs were found to be identical to those identified in the literature as being present in rapists. The presence of dangerous world and male sex drive is uncontrollable were present, or absent, such that three groups could be identified: (a) dangerous world plus male sex drive is uncontrollable; (b) dangerous world, in the absence of male sex drive is uncontrollable; (c) male sex drive is uncontrollable in the absence of dangerous world. These three groups were found to differ in motivation: (a) were motivated by urges to rape and murder; (b) were motivated by grievance, resentment and/or anger toward women; (c) were motivated to sexually offend but were prepared to kill to avoid detection, or secure compliance.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0886260505278712
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
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