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MSB Kolloquium

22.01.2021 | 17.30 - 19.00 Uhr
The role of deviant sexual fantasies in forensic psychology

Dr. Ross Bartels, University of Lincoln

Sexual fantasies are thought to be a key factor for understanding and managing people who have (or are at risk of) sexually offending. However, sexual fantasy has not been well-conceptualized within the literature. For example, is it important to distinguish ‘sexual fantasy’ (i.e., a synonym for sexual interest) from ‘sexual fantasizing’ (i.e., a mental activity that involves deliberately envisioning a sexual scenario in one’s mind)? If yes, is sexual fantasizing distinct from spontaneous fleeting sexual thoughts? In this presentation, the recent Dual-Process Model of Sexual Thinking will be outlined, as it provides an updated understanding of sexual fantasising and helps answer these questions. In addition, recent research and theory pertaining to the link between sexual fantasizing and sexual behaviour will be discussed. All points raised will be discussed in terms of their implications for forensic psychology practice. By the end of the presentation, you will have a clearer understanding of sexual fantasizing and its potential link to offending behaviour. 

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