Understanding Sexual Perpetration Against Children

This study explores in an adolescent sample hypotheses about child sexual abuse
perpetration drawn from contemporary theories that implicate insecure attachment
and adolescent social development. Specifically, three 13- to 18-year-old adolescent
male samples (sex offenders with child victims, sex offenders with peer/adult victims,
and nonsex delinquent youth) were compared in a cross-sectional design. Participants
completed a computer-administered self-report questionnaire and a semistructured
attachment style interview. Attachment style was coded by two independent raters
blind to study hypotheses and group membership. The results indicated an indirect
effect for attachment style. Attachment anxiety affected involvement with peers
and interpersonal adequacy. Feelings of interpersonal inadequacy, combined with
oversexualization and positive attitudes toward others distinguished sex offenders with
child victims from nonsex delinquents and from sex offenders with peer/adult victims.
These data provide a preliminary model of sexual abuse perpetration consistent with
contemporary theories. Attachment anxiety with a lack of misanthropic attitudes
toward others appears to lead to isolation from peers and feelings of interpersonal



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