This study was supported by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The authors wish to thank Maurice Cusson for his thoughtful comments on an earlier version of this study. We also thank several anonymous reviewers for their helpful suggestions and Susan Donkin for editorial comments. An earlier version of this study was presented at the 2004 meeting of the American Society of Criminology.
CRIMINAL PROPENSITY, DEVIANT SEXUAL INTERESTS AND CRIMINAL ACTIVITY OF SEXUAL AGGRESSORS AGAINST WOMEN: A COMPARISON OF EXPLANATORY MODELS*
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Volume 43, Issue 1, pages 249–282, February 2005
How to Cite
LUSSIER, P., PROULX, J. and LEBLANC, M. (2005), CRIMINAL PROPENSITY, DEVIANT SEXUAL INTERESTS AND CRIMINAL ACTIVITY OF SEXUAL AGGRESSORS AGAINST WOMEN: A COMPARISON OF EXPLANATORY MODELS. Criminology, 43: 249–282. doi: 10.1111/j.0011-1348.2005.00008.x
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- Version of Record online: 2 MAR 2005
- sexual aggressors of women;
- general deviance;
- deviant sexual interests;
- criminal career
Three hypotheses have been used to describe the male propensity for sexual aggression towards women: a general propensity to offend, a specific propensity to sexually offend and a combination of both. In this paper, using structural equation modeling, we compared the relative utility of these three hypotheses in explaining criminal activity in adulthood of sexual aggressors of women. In total, 209 adult males who were convicted of at least one sexual offence were included in the study. Results indicate that a propensity model emphasizing the role of an early and persistent general propensity to act in an antisocial manner during childhood and adolescence is most adequate to explain sexual aggressors' criminal activity. After controlling for the role of this propensity, a specific propensity characterized by high sexualization and deviant sexual interests explained only a modest proportion of variance of the sexual criminal activity.