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Mental Health

Attenuation of Deviant Sexual Fantasy across the Lifespan in United States Adult Males

Full Article Title: Attenuation of Deviant Sexual Fantasy across the Lifespan in United States Adult Males

Open Access: No

Abstract

Deviant sexual fantasy is identified as a risk factor for sexual offending, yet no study has examined deviant sexual fantasy across the lifespan in nonoffending adult males. To bridge this gap, this study examined the frequencies of normative and deviant sexual fantasies among 318 nonoffending adult males in the United States. Participants were recruited via Amazon Mechanical Turk™. Participants took two inventories that assessed demographics and types of sexual fantasies. Normality tests, means tests, Kruskal–Wallis 1-way analyses of variance (ANOVAs), binary logistic regressions, and odds ratio post hoc analyses were conducted. Deviant sexual fantasies progressively declined across all three age groups, while normative sexual fantasy did not. Results suggest that deviant sexual fantasy changes across the lifespan. Applicability of the findings to applied settings, such as sexually violent predator evaluations, is discussed. Limitations and future considerations are addressed.

Citation

Harvey, T. A., & Jeglic, E. L. (2020). Attenuation of deviant sexual fantasy across the lifespan in united states adult males. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 27(2), 246–264. https://doi.org/10.1080/13218719.2020.1719376