Relationships between affective components and sexual behaviors in sexual aggressors

  • Jean Proulx
  • André McKibben
  • Richard Lusignan
Clinical and Research Articles


The aim of the current study was to verify whether relationships exist in sexual aggressors between affective components (moods and emotions following conflicts) and sexual behaviors (fantasies and masturbatory activities during such fantasies). We therefore developed the “Fantasy Report”, a self-assessment method for recording affective components and sexual behaviors. Nineteen rapists, 12 heterosexual pedophiles, and 8 homosexual pedophiles filled out the Fantasy Report every 2 days for 2 months. In rapists and heterosexual pedophiles, negative moods and conflicts coincided with overwhelming deviant sexual fantasies and increased masturbatory activities during such fantasies. For the homosexual pedophiles, the data revealed a significant relationship only between affective components and deviant sexual fantasies. The emotions most frequently reported were anger, loneliness, and humiliation by the rapists, loneliness and humiliation by the heterosexual pedophiles, and loneliness by the homosexual pedophiles. These data are discussed on the basis of the Relapse Prevention Model.

Key Words

affective components pedophilia rape relapse prevention sexual fantasies sexual offender assessment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean Proulx
    • 1
    • 2
  • André McKibben
    • 1
  • Richard Lusignan
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut Philippe Pinel de MontréalMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Ecole de Criminologie, Centre International de Criminologie ComparéeUniversité de MontréalMontrealCanada

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