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Differential suppression of arousal by sex offenders with intellectual disabilities

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  • This research was supported by a contract with the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities. However, opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the funding agency.

Abstract

Previous research that has evaluated the ability of sex offenders with intellectual disabilities (ID) to suppress sexual arousal has produced mixed results. The current study had 2 purposes: (a) to replicate prior research on arousal suppression by sex offenders with ID and (b) to evaluate whether it is possible for offenders with ID to maintain arousal to nondeviant stimuli while suppressing arousal to deviant stimuli. Both participants were successful in suppressing arousal to deviant stimuli, and 1 participant was successful in maintaining arousal to nondeviant stimuli while suppressing arousal to deviant stimuli.

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