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Paraphilia and Antisociality: Motivations for Sexual Offending May Differ for American Whites and Blacks.

NCJ Number
Sexual Abuse-A Journal of Research and Treatment Volume: 32 Issue: 3 Dated: 2020 Pages: 335-365
Date Published
31 pages

Since there has been little research on the sexual offending behavior of different racial groups, this study compared the characteristics and risk factors for American, non-Hispanic Whites (n =797) and Blacks (n = 788) who had been convicted of a sexual crime in New Jersey.


The results indicated that Whites appeared more paraphilic; whereas Blacks displayed higher antisociality. Despite the differences, however, the Static-99R, sexual recidivism risk tool, predicted equally well for both racial groups: Whites (area under the curve [AUC] = .76) and Blacks (AUC = .78). The findings suggest that there may be opportunities to improve treatment for the individuals at risk for sexual offending by tailoring interventions to the distinctive risk-relevant characteristics of Whites and Blacks. (publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 2020