Aggressive behavior and sex

G. G. Abel, J. V. Becker, L. J. Skinner

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This article first reviews aggressive behavior and sex within the context of various human cultures and subhuman species in order to explore how aggressive behaviors and sex coexist within a framework of normal sexual behavior. It then examines the existing psychological theories explaining the interrelationship between aggressive and sexual behaviors in humans and documents the occurrence of sexual assault. Finally, it explores why empirical information is lacking regarding sexual aggressives and outlines the most recent research with sexual aggressives, their motivations to commit sexual assault and what needs to be done to help them gain control over their urges to commit aggressive sexual behaviors with unwilling partners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-151
Number of pages19
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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