Encyclopedia of Adolescence

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Sensational Interests

  • Kathy E. CharlesEmail author
  • Vincent Egan
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32132-5_379-2


This essay examines the current status of sensational interests and their relationship with offending in adolescence. The essay describes sensational interests, their measurement, and how they came to be associated with criminal behavior. New research, which addresses the complexity of the relationship, is discussed and recommendations are made for further developments in the field.

Defining Sensational Interests

Sensational interests denote an interest in dramatic and bizarre constructs observed in the histories of serious offenders, but which are often raised transiently in adolescents and young adults (Weiss et al. 2004). These topics are associated with personality, in particular low agreeableness and greater sensation-seeking (Charles and Egan 2009; Egan et al. 2001, 2003). This overlapping of population interests necessitates cautious and systematic work on such interests, as it is not possible to extrapolate from a single individual’s recreational, musical, or filmic...


Sexual Fantasy Serial Killer Intrasexual Competition Violent Computer Game Dark Triad 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Applied SciencesEdinburgh Napier UniversityEdinburghUK
  2. 2.Centre for Family and Forensic Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Applied PsychologyUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK