Individual differences in the propensity for partner sexual coercion

  • Camilleri J
  • Quinsey V
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Lalumière, Harris, Quinsey, and Rice (2005) proposeda three-path model (psychopathy, young male syndrome, and competitivedisadvantage) of the development of sexually coercive behavior,but none of these individual difference characteristics havebeen tested among partner rapists. Using a community samplein Study 1, the authors find that psychopathy is the only significantpredictor of self-reported propensity for partner sexual coercion.This model is tested in Study 2 by comparing convicted partnerrapists, nonsexual partner assaulters, and heterosexual childmolesters. One third of partner rapists are psychopaths, andtheir psychopathy scores are no different from those found incorrectional samples. Partner rapists have an average IQ, providingfurther evidence that competitive disadvantage is less characteristicof partner rapists. There is some indication that partner rapistsdesist with age. The authors discuss these findings in lightof recent findings that implicate cuckoldry risk in partnersexual assault.

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  • partner rape, psychopathy, competitive disadvantag

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  • J A Camilleri

  • V L Quinsey

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