An Integrated Theory of the Etiology of Sexual Offending

  • W. L. Marshall
  • H. E. Barbaree
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


This chapter represents an attempt to integrate a widely disparate literature concerning factors which play a role in the etiology of sex offending and lead to its persistence. In particular we are concerned that most researchers seem to take a rather narrow perspective of this behavior, stressing their own preferred processes (i.e., psychological, biological, or sociological) to the virtual exclusion of others. We have previously emphasized the role of learning experiences (Marshall and Barbaree, 1984a), sociocultural factors (Marshall, 1984a), and biological processes (Marshall 1984b) in the etiology of rape, but this represents our first attempt at integration and the first time we have extended our theorizing to account for other sex offenses. We believe that a proper understanding of sex offending can only be attained when these diverse processes are seen as functionally interdependent.


Sexual Arousal Normal Male Sexual Aggression Sexual Stimulus Rape Myth 
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  • W. L. Marshall
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  • H. E. Barbaree
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

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