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Behavioral and Cognitive View on Sexual Perversion

  • Sheldon Travin
  • Barry Protter

Abstract

Although there is a vast literature in the behavioral tradition on general principles of learning theory and the acquisition of behaviors, and a more recent emphasis on the role of cognitions in clinical disorders, there is a scarcity of integrated conceptualizations of these elements as related to the etiology and maintenance of sexual perversions. Unlike the psychodynamic orientations that have generated a variety of rich, if speculative, theories on the development of sexual perversions, the behavioral and more contemporary cognitive-behavioral integrations display a dearth of explanatory themes on sexual deviations, although they have made significant contributions to this field through their pragmatic treatment approaches.1 In this chapter, we will review some of the basic behavioral and cognitive views on the formation of sexual perversion, and also attempt to articulate a more coherent view on the genesis of sexual deviation within the tradition of learning theory.

Keywords

Sexual Arousal Classical Conditioning Deviant Behavior Cognitive Distortion Rape Myth 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sheldon Travin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Barry Protter
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Bronx-Lebanon Hospital CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Albert Einstein College of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.William Alanson White Institute of PsychoanalysisNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Albert Einstein College of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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