Inferring Sexually Deviant Behavior From Corresponding Fantasies: The Role of Personality and Pornography Consumption


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Title: Inferring Sexually Deviant Behavior From Corresponding Fantasies: The Role of Personality and Pornography Consumption
Publication: Criminal Justice and Behavior: An International Journal (Vol 36, Iss 2)
Author: Kevin M. Williams, Barry S. Cooper, Teresa M. Howell, John C. Yuille, Delroy L. Paulhus
Date: 12/01/2008

There is widespread concern that deviant sexual fantasies promote corresponding behaviors. The authors investigated whether that concern is valid in nonoffender samples. Self-reports of nine deviant sexual fantasies and behaviors were compared in two samples of male undergraduates. In Study 1, 95% of respondents reported experiencing at least one sexually deviant fantasy, and 74% reported engaging in at least one sexually deviant behavior. The correlations were all positive and averaged .44. However, only 38% of the high-fantasy group reported acting out fantasies. The effect of pornography use on deviant behaviors was partially mediated by increases in deviant fantasies. Study 2 investigated possible moderators, including eight personality variables. The fantasy-behavior association held only for those high in self-reported psychopathy. In addition, the association between pornography use and deviant sexual behavior held only for participants high in psychopathy. Overall, theoretically relevant individual difference variables moderated the relation between sexually deviant fantasies and behaviors and between pornography use and deviant behaviors.

 

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