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Date of Award

7-24-2000

Degree Type

Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Miller Garrison

Second Advisor

C. Kirk Johnson

Third Advisor

Michel Hersen

Abstract

Sexual abuse continues to be one of society's most serious social problems. Juvenile males account for a large percentage of child sexual abuse perpetration. In this study, phallometric data collected in previous research with
69 juvenile sex offenders were evaluated. The participants had been exposed to three stimulus sets of varying sexual intensity. The variability of arousal was found to be significantly greater for the moderately arousing video and photographic slide sets than for the highly evocative audio tape sets. Juvenile sex offenders showed higher levels of selectivity in their sexual arousal patterns than previously thought. Implications for phallometric assessment of juvenile sex offenders and the development of standardized, lower-intensity stimulus materials are discussed.

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