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August 1977

The Components of Rapists' Sexual Arousal

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Psychiatry, University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences and Memphis Mental Health Institute (Drs Abel and Blanchard), Brown University and Butler Hospital, Providence, RI (Dr Barlow), and Mississippi State Hospital, Whitfield, Miss (Dr Guild).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1977;34(8):895-903. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1977.01770200033002

• The erections of rapists and nonrapists were measured during audio descriptions of rape and nonrape sexual scenes. On the basis of their erection measures, rapists were separated from nonrapists in that the former developed erections to rape descriptions while the latter did not. The method also discriminated those rapists with the highest frequency of rape, those who had injured their victim, and those who chose children as victims.