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Birth order, birth interval, and deviant sexual preferences among sex offenders.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11803596     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We investigated whether birth order and birth interval are associated with phallometric responding among 168 sex offenders. Based on the immunoreactivity hypothesis, we predicted that a larger number of older brothers and a shorter birth interval between the offenders and their next older brothers would be associated with more deviant responding. Results showed that a larger number of older brothers (but not older sisters, younger brothers, or younger sisters) was associated with more deviant responding on the Most Deviant Index, a general measure of sexual deviance. A larger number of older brothers was associated with arousal to nonsexual violence against women and children, but contrary to expectation, the same association was also found for the number of younger brothers. A short birth interval with the next older brother was associated with greater relative arousal to nonsexual violence, but the correlation with the Most Deviant Index did not reach statistical significance. Overall, results were consistent with the main predictions, but the effects of birth order and birth interval were mostly restricted to arousal to nonsexual violence. Birth order and birth interval were not associated with pedophilic interests or gender preferences.
Karine Côté; Christopher M Earls; Martin L Lalumière
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sexual abuse : a journal of research and treatment     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1079-0632     ISO Abbreviation:  Sex Abuse     Publication Date:  2002 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-01-23     Completed Date:  2002-06-26     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9506704     Medline TA:  Sex Abuse     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  67-81     Citation Subset:  IM    
Université de Montréal, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Birth Intervals*
Birth Order*
Choice Behavior*
Middle Aged
Sex Offenses / statistics & numerical data*
Sexual Behavior*

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