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Table Of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Background
Problem Statement
Purpose
Theoretical Framework
Research Questions
Hypotheses
Nature of the Study
Significance of the Study
Definitions
Summary
Chapter 2: Literature Review
Triune Ethics Theory (TET): The Neurobiological Roots of Morality
Three Internal Controls, Conscience, and Rational Choice in Sex Offenders
Limbic System’s Thalamo-cingulate Neo- Frontal Cortex Connection (TNC)
Measuring Limbic System Functioning
Limbic System Functioning and Physical and Sexual Abuse
Limbic System Functioning in Sex Offenders
Limbic System-Prefrontal Cortex Damage and Sociomoral Reasoning
Measuring Sociomoral Reasoning
Sociomoral Reasoning and Rational Choice in Sex Offenders
Chapter 3: Research Method
Research Method and Design
Participants
Instruments
Operational Definition of Variables
Variables Utilized in Research Design
Data Collection, Processing, and Analysis
Methodological Assumptions, Limitations, and Delimitations
Ethical Assurances
Chapter 4: Findings
Results
Demographic Statistics for Sex Offender Sample
(LSCL-33), and Sociomoral Reflection Measure-Short Form (SRM-SF) total scores
System Checklist-33 (LSCL-33) scores
Physical/sexual and Combined Levels of Abuse
Sociomoral Reflection Measure-Short Form (SRM-SF) scores
Form (SRM-SF) for physical/sexual and combined levels of abuse
SF) for Physical/sexual and Combined Levels of Abuse
Limbic System Checklist-33 (LSCL-33) scores
Evaluation of Findings
Chapter 5: Implications, Recommendations, and Conclusions
Implications
Recommendations
Conclusions
References
Appendices
Appendix A: Permission Correspondence from Host Institution
Appendix B: Solicitation Flyer
Appendix C: Solicitation Letter
Appendix D: Informed Consent Form
Appendix E: Demographic Sheet
Appendix F: Limbic System Checklist-33 (LSCL-33)
Appendix G: Sociomoral Reflection Measure-Short Form (SRM-SF)
Appendix H: The Sexual and Physical Abuse Questionnaire (SPAQ)
Appendix I: Permission Correspondence for Assessment Use and Figures
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The Relation of Physical and Sexual Abuse to Limbic System Functioning and Sociomoral Reasoning in Male Sex Offenders

The Relation of Physical and Sexual Abuse to Limbic System Functioning and Sociomoral Reasoning in Male Sex Offenders

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The victim-to-perpetrator model identifies sex abuse as the primary cause of sex offending. Sex abuse affects the limbic system (resulting in symptoms similar to temporal lobe epilepsy) and sociomoral reasoning (such as problems in social deficits, e.g., empathy, loneliness) as well as attitudinal/cognitive variables (e.g., attitudes towards rape, rationalizations), which present a significant problem that may contribute to increased perpetration of sexual offending. This quantitative post-hoc quasiexperimental study of 68 male sex offenders examined the relationship between four situational variables (no abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and both physical and sexual abuse). The study suggests that therapeutic interventions with sex offenders should focus on past victimization, moral reasoning, and psychopharmacology for limbic system structures to break the victim-to-perpetrator cycle.

The victim-to-perpetrator model identifies sex abuse as the primary cause of sex offending. Sex abuse affects the limbic system (resulting in symptoms similar to temporal lobe epilepsy) and sociomoral reasoning (such as problems in social deficits, e.g., empathy, loneliness) as well as attitudinal/cognitive variables (e.g., attitudes towards rape, rationalizations), which present a significant problem that may contribute to increased perpetration of sexual offending. This quantitative post-hoc quasiexperimental study of 68 male sex offenders examined the relationship between four situational variables (no abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and both physical and sexual abuse). The study suggests that therapeutic interventions with sex offenders should focus on past victimization, moral reasoning, and psychopharmacology for limbic system structures to break the victim-to-perpetrator cycle.

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