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Latency-based and Psychophysiological Measures of Sexual Interest Show Convergent and Concurrent Validity

Ó Ciardha, Caoilte, Attard-Johnson, Janice, Bindemann, Markus (2018) Latency-based and Psychophysiological Measures of Sexual Interest Show Convergent and Concurrent Validity. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47 (3). pp. 637-649. ISSN 0004-0002. E-ISSN 1573-2800. (doi:10.1007/s10508-017-1133-z) (KAR id:64946)

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Latency-based measures of sexual interest require additional evidence of validity, as do newer pupil dilation approaches. One hundred and two community men completed six latency-based measures of sexual interest. Pupillary responses were recorded during three of these tasks and in an additional task where no participant response was required. For adult stimuli, there was a high degree of intercorrelation between measures, suggesting that tasks may be measuring the same underlying construct (convergent validity). In addition to being correlated with one another, measures also predicted participants’ self-reported sexual interest, demonstrating concurrent validity (i.e., the ability of a task to predict a more validated, simultaneously recorded, measure). Latency-based and pupillometric approaches also showed preliminary evidence of concurrent validity in predicting both self-reported interest in child molestation and viewing pornographic material containing children. Taken together, the study findings build on the evidence base for the validity of latency-based and pupillometric measures of sexual interest.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s10508-017-1133-z
Uncontrolled keywords: sexual interest; viewing time; reaction time; pupil dilation; pedophilia
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Caoilte O Ciardha
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2017 08:59 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 11:07 UTC
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