Are pedophiles with aggressive tendencies more sexually violent?
D. M. Greenberg, J. M. Bradford and S. Curry,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
24(2): 225-35, 1996.
Pedophiles use varying degrees of persuasion, coercion, and physical force in their sexual assaults.
Pedophiles may also display aggressiveness and characteristics of hostility in nonsexual areas of their
behavior. This study (N = 263) investigates the relationship between pedophiles with aggressive
tendencies and the degree of sexual violence in their pedophilic acts. The degree of sexual violence
was rated subjectively after a comprehensive psychiatric and psycho-sexual assessment and obtaining
collateral information from police reports and witness statements. The degree of sexual violence was
also rated more objectively using the penile plethysmography. Strict DSM-IV pedophilic disorder
criteria were adopted for this study. The authors discuss whether sexual violence in a pedophilic
population is focused to sexual areas or tends to be more generalized in other physically aggressive
and hostile areas.