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Forensic issues

Chapter by: Mathur, Jennifer A; Bielska, Wiktoria; Lewis, Rebecca; Subedi, Bipin
in: A Case-Based Approach to Emergency Psychiatry by Maloy, Katherine, Dr [Eds]
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016
pp. ?-?
ISBN: 0190250852
CID: 2332632

Evaluating and treating the forensic patient

Chapter by: Mathur, Jennifer A; Bielska, Wiktoria; Lewis, Rebecca; Subedi, Bipin
in: A case-based approach to emergency psychiatry by Maloy, Katherine [Eds]
New York, NY, US: Oxford University Press, 2016
pp. 139-151
ISBN: 978-0-19-025084-3
CID: 2523152

Sexual fantasies and aggressive behaviors in dating couples

Mathur, Jennifer A
Sexual fantasies can reflect past experience as well as reflect future sexual behavior. What one does sexually with another individual can be influenced to some degree by sexual fantasy. Conversely, one's sexual fantasies can be affected and influenced by what one has previously done. Converging evidence from the literature on sexual fantasy suggests that sexual fantasy factors may play a significant role in the commission of sexual offenses. It is such a consideration that was taken in the present study. The main goal of the present study was to investigate the conditions which lead to aggressive and coercive sexual behaviors in dating couples. Specifically, I examined the relationships between the content of sexual fantasies, the endorsement of rape myth acceptance attitudes, and actual sexual aggression. Further, factors such as level of sexual and relationship satisfaction, and the sharing of sexual fantasies were examined as possible correlates of aggression. The study used a sample of 31 college-aged dating couples. The results indicate a tendency for men's aggressive sexual fantasies to be related to diminished coercive sexual behavior towards their partner. There was also a tendency for men whose sexual fantasies involved more coercion and aggression to have partners whose sexual fantasies were more passive. Greater rape myth acceptance attitudes were associated with more coercive sexual fantasies for male participants. For women, more past coercive sexual experiences were strongly associated with greater rape myth acceptance attitudes. In addition, higher frequencies of sexual fantasies were correlated with lower levels of sexual satisfaction for males but higher levels of sexual satisfaction for females. Coercive sexual fantasy themes were associated with lower levels of sexual and relationship satisfaction for men, but no such relationship was found regarding women's fantasy themes and level of satisfaction. There was a tendency found, for both male and female participants, that diminished aggressive sexual experiences were related to increased sharing of sexual fantasies. Finally, this study replicates previous findings regarding gender differences and specific sexual fantasy themes. The research and clinical implications of these findings are discussed.
ISSN: 0419-4217
CID: 162158