Sexual fantasies and sensation seeking among psychopathic sexual offenders

Leah C. Skovran, Matthew T. Huss, Mario J. Scalora

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This study investigated the relationship between psychopathy, sensation seeking behavior and sexual fantasies in a sample of 199 participants from a maximum security forensic hospital. Psychopathy, measured by the Psychopathy Checklist Revised (PCL-R), and several sensation seeking and sexual fantasy measures were utilized. Results indicated that, in agreement with previous research, sexually deviant psychopaths are more likely to offend against adults than children. Likewise, psychopaths showed some tendency to score significantly higher on sexual sensation seeking measures than nonpsychopathic sexual offenders. Furthermore, a relationship between psychopathy and overall sexual fantasies existed but there were not specific patterns among psychopaths and nonpsycho- paths with regard to specific categories of sexual fantasies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)617-629
Number of pages13
JournalPsychology, Crime and Law
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 2010


  • PCL-R
  • Psychopathy
  • Sensation seeking
  • Sexual fantasies
  • Sexual offenders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychology(all)
  • Law


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