Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 231–239

Sexual Fantasies of Adolescent Male Sex Offenders in Residential Treatment: A Descriptive Study

  • A. Scott Aylwin
  • John R. Reddon
  • Andrew R. Burke

DOI: 10.1007/s10508-005-1800-3

Cite this article as:
Aylwin, A.S., Reddon, J.R. & Burke, A.R. Arch Sex Behav (2005) 34: 231. doi:10.1007/s10508-005-1800-3


An attenuating sample of 87 male adolescent sexual offenders logged sexual fantasies during their entire time in therapy. These patients were attending residential treatment and kept a log recording all normal and deviant sexual fantasies which they experienced. Patients recorded which fantasies were interrupted and which fantasies were accompanied by masturbation. Typically, at the beginning of treatment, the reported rate of normal fantasies was maximal, the occurrence of deviant fantasies was minimal, and there was little effort to interrupt the deviant fantasies. The reported frequency of deviant fantasies increased substantially (about 380%) during the first 5 months of treatment and then steadily declined (approximately 47%) over the remaining months in therapy. Following an initial decline in the early months of treatment, an increase in the rates of normal fantasies was reported. Additionally, over the course of treatment, the frequency of deviant fantasies decreased relative to all fantasies. While deviant fantasies remained predominant to normal sexual fantasies and were more frequently paired with masturbation, patients reported substantial changes in the proportion of deviant fantasies that were interrupted (from about 20% to 70%). Implications of the results for juvenile sex offender treatment are discussed.


juvenile sex offenderssex offender treatmentsexual fantasymasturbationcovert sensitization

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© Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Scott Aylwin
    • 1
    • 4
  • John R. Reddon
    • 2
  • Andrew R. Burke
    • 3
  1. 1.Phoenix Program, Alberta Hospital Edmonton and Department of PsychiatryUniversity of AlbertaEdmonton
  2. 2.Alberta Hospital Edmonton and Department of PsychologyUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonAlberta
  3. 3.Counterpoint House, Alberta Hospital EdmontonEdmonton
  4. 4.Phoenix Program, Alberta Hospital EdmontonEdmontonCanada