A Conditioning Theory of the Etiology and Maintenance of Deviant Sexual Preference and Behavior

  • D. R. Laws
  • W. L. Marshall
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


Regarding the etiology of sexual deviance, Quinsey and Marshall (1983) have observed,

With respect to the concept of inappropriate arousal itself, there are no theories of etiology which have other than laboratory demonstrations of plausibility or anecdotal support. We simply do not know how to account for individual differences in sexual arousal patterns. Clearly, developmental studies of the acquisition of sexual preferences should receive high priority. (p. 30)


Sexual Behavior Conditional Stimulus Unconditioned Stimulus Sexual Arousal Pavlovian Conditioning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. R. Laws
    • 1
  • W. L. Marshall
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Law and Mental Health, Florida Mental Health InstituteUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

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