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Community males show multiple-perpetrator rape proclivity: Development and Preliminary Validation of an interest scale

Alleyne, Emma, Gannon, Theresa A., Ó Ciardha, Caoilte, Wood, Jane L. (2014) Community males show multiple-perpetrator rape proclivity: Development and Preliminary Validation of an interest scale. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 26 (1). pp. 82-104. ISSN 1573-286X. (doi:10.1177/1079063213480819) (KAR id:34545)

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Abstract

The literature on Multiple Perpetrator Rape (MPR) is scant; however, a significant proportion of sexual offending involves multiple perpetrators. In addition to the need for research with apprehended offenders of MPR, there is also a need to conduct research with members of the general public. Recent advances in the forensic literature have led to the development of self-report proclivity scales. These scales have enabled researchers to conduct evaluative studies sampling from members of the general public who may be perpetrators of sexual offenses and have remained undetected, or at highest risk of engaging in sexual offending. The current study describes the development and preliminary validation of the Multiple-Perpetrator Rape Interest Scale (M-PRIS), a vignette-based measure assessing community males' sexual arousal to MPR, behavioral propensity toward MPR and enjoyment of MPR. The findings show that the M-PRIS is a reliable measure of community males' sexual interest in MPR with high internal reliability and temporal stability. In a sample of university males we found that a large proportion (66%) did not emphatically reject an interest in MPR. We also found that rape-supportive cognitive distortions, antisocial attitudes, and high-risk sexual fantasies were predictors of sexual interest in MPR. We discuss these findings and the implications for further research employing proclivity measures referencing theory development and clinical practice.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1079063213480819
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Theresa Gannon
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2013 17:11 UTC
Last Modified: 06 May 2020 03:08 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/34545 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Alleyne, Emma: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4335-7176
Gannon, Theresa A.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5810-4158
Ó Ciardha, Caoilte: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5383-8403
Wood, Jane L.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4173-410X
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