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Assessment, Psychosexual Profiling, and Treatment of Exhibitionists

NCJ Number
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation Volume: 23 Issue: 3/4 Dated: special issue (1996) Pages: 103-123
B R S Rosser; S M Dwyer
Date Published
21 pages
Demographic and psychosexual profiles of 72 male exposers who presented for assessment and/or treatment between 1976 and 1993 at a midwestern university sexual health clinic were investigated, and associated diagnoses and treatment variables were measured.
Against the stereotype of exposers as men who expose to women, 12 percent reported exposing to men as well. Subject scores on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory showed exposers had higher levels of psychopathology and sexual/gender nonconformity than other men. Indications of thought disorder and depression were also found. Mean scores on the Tennessee Self- Concept Scale depicted exposers as less integrated and more internally conflicted. On the Derogatis Sexual Functioning Inventory, exposers reported average sexual satisfaction but a greater number of sexually related symptoms and poorer affect. On all scales, differences were identified between single and married exposers, between court referrals and volunteers, and between those with single and multiple diagnoses. A psychosexual construct is proposed to explain exposing behavior. 40 references, 5 tables, and 2 figures


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