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Phallometric Assessment of Sexual Arousal: A Review of Validity and Diagnostic Issues

Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand
Volume 1 Issue 1 (July 2008)

Abstract: While phallometric assessment of sexual offenders logically follows from sexual deviance theories of offending, we conclude that the evidence for this assessment process is inconsistent. A wide variety of methodologies, poorly specified and poorly chosen, or the absence of control groups has resulted in a fragmented literature in this area. Nonetheless, recent meta-analyses continue to portray sexual deviance (usually phallometrically determined) as the best predictor of future sexual violence. Recent studies have suggested that proxy measures of such deviance may provide sufficient evidence of deviance. We suggest that only by the use of research protocols with very rigorous methodology will the validity of phallometry be determined.

To cite this article: Merdian, Hannah L; Jones, David J; Morphett, Nicola AC and Boer, Douglas P. Phallometric Assessment of Sexual Arousal: A Review of Validity and Diagnostic Issues [online]. Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand, Vol. 1, No. 1, July 2008: [38]-[43]. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=606515568448699;res=IELFSC> ISSN: 1833-8488. [cited 27 Sep 16].

Personal Author: Merdian, Hannah L; Jones, David J; Morphett, Nicola AC; Boer, Douglas P; Source: Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand, Vol. 1, No. 1, July 2008: [38]-[43] Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1833-8488 Subject: Sex offenders; Sex and law; Child sexual abuse; Recidivism; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) University of Waikato, New Zealand
(2) Te Piriti Special Treatment Unit, New Zealand Department of Corrections
(3) University of South Australia, Australia
(4) Department of Psychology, University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand, email: drdoug@waikato.ac.nz

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