Self-regulation and the etiology of sexual deviance: Evaluating causal theory

Jill D. Stinson, Judith V. Becker, Bruce D. Sales

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Recently introduced theories of sex offending, including the self-regulation model and the multimodal self-regulation theory, have implicated self-regulatory deficits as a key variable in the development of sexually inappropriate interests and behaviors. While dysregulation has been considered an important component of a variety of behavioral, emotional, and interpersonal disorders, sexual behaviors have rarely been conceptualized within this context. In this study, we have examined a number of variables linked to self-regulation and dysfunctional outcomes in a sample of 95 sex-offending men. Results of a path analysis demonstrated that self-regulatory deficits were significantly predictive of paraphilic and antisocial behaviors in this group. Implications for our understanding of the etiology of sexual deviance and future research in this area are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-51
Number of pages17
JournalViolence and Victims
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2008


  • Etiology of sex offending
  • Multimodal self-regulation theory
  • Self-regulation model
  • Sex offenders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law


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