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While most of the aggressors vs. adults were intermediate in rank-order of birth, they do display a small tendency to be the youngest children of the family (28 per cent). A similar tendency was seen in the aggressor vs. children, but the reverse was inexplicably true of the aggressor vs. minors. A very small percentage of aggressors vs. adults— but still a larger percentage than obtains for other groups—were raised alone despite having had siblings. They are also unusual in having fewer brothers than sisters, a characteristic of all three aggressor groups.

The aggressors vs. adults are not distinctive in their relationships to their fathers at ages fourteen to seventeen; about all that can be said is that they got along better with their fathers than did the aggressors vs. children and minors. This is in keeping with the general trend for heterosexual sex offenders whose objects were older to have had better paternal relationships than did sex offenders with younger objects. Their adjustment to their mothers is also unremarkable (although inferior to that of the prison and control groups) but better than that of the other heterosexual aggressors. In a rank-order of good adjustment with either father or mother, the aggressors are always in the lower half of the scale.

More aggressors vs. adults got along better with their mothers than equally well with both parents. As is true of all groups, fewest were partial to the father. This preference for the mother is shared by all the heterosexual aggressors.

Sixty per cent of the aggressors vs. adults came from broken homes, the third highest number of any of the groups and double the number of the control group. They differ from the other heterosexual aggressors only in having an unusually large number (24 per cent) of cases in which the breakup came after the age of nine. The relationship of their parents was about average when the boys were in their early and midteens, neither particularly better nor worse than that of parents of sex offenders as a whole. It was, however, inferior to the relationship that existed between the parents of the control- and prison-group individuals.

Largely because of the high percentage from broken homes, the aggressors vs. adults spent fewer of their early years in a home in which both a husband and wife were present. Sixty per cent had 15 or more such years, while the equivalent figure for the control group is 80 per cent. About 7 per cent had lived ten or more years of their early lives in households in which the adults were all women. In absolute, terms this is a small figure, but there may be some significance in the fact that it is the highest percentage manifested by any group guilty of heterosexual or homosexual offenses against adults. Also, a rather large proportion went to institutions after the breakup of the home.

In this they are similar to the other aggressors. As for the number and sex ratio of their companions at ages ten to eleven, nothing really distinctive appears. They seem to have had about as many female friends at that time as the control-group individuals, but both had fewer female companions than did most of the sex offenders.

adults had no prepubertal sex play. Whatever sex play the rest had was predominantly heterosexual —a trait shared with the aggressors vs. minors. Sixty-one per cent had had heterosexual play as opposed to 40 per cent with homosexual play, despite the greater availability of the latter. Moreover, while over a fourth had exclusively heterosexual experience (in this category the heterosexual aggressors are second, third, and fourth in rank-order) only 6 per cent had exclusively homosexual experience—the next smallest percentage of any group. This smallest, it may be recalled, was that of the aggressors vs. minors.

There is a tendency for the aggressors vs. adults to have had more years of prepubertal heterosexual play than most other groups; for 48 per cent it continued for three or more years. A study of the prepubertal heterosexual techniques reveals some interesting facts. In a rank-order of those who had coitus during this period, the heterosexual aggressors rank second, fourth, and fifth—the fourth being the aggressors vs. adults, with 69 per cent. With respect to mouth-genital contact, the aggressors vs. children ranked first with 15 per cent, and the aggressors vs. adults third with 12 per cent. To those of a psychoanalytic bent, this might suggest an oral-aggressive type, but this assumption is weakened by the fact that a similar proportion is shared by the peepers and the incest offenders vs. adults, and the fifth rank is occupied by the exhibitionists—these three types of sex offenders being the least aggressive of any.

The homosexual play of the aggressors vs. adults was of moderate duration: for 44 per cent of them it lasted three or more years. Nevertheless, the future aggressors vs. adults were prone to engage in the more specific and developed techniques. Twenty-seven per cent of those with homosexual play had had mouth-genital contact (fourth rank); a relative predilection for this technique was seen in the heterosexual play. Twenty-nine per cent had had anal intercourse, this percentage placing them in fourth rank just below the three homosexual offender groups. In this anal coitus these aggressors are generally the ones who inserted their penes into other boys and are seldom in the recipient role only.

About 10 per cent of the aggressors vs. adults had, while prepubescent, been sexually approached by adult females. Such overtures led to noncoital physical contact in 9 per cent of the cases (fifth in rank-order) and to coitus in between 4 and 5 per cent (fourth rank). Relatively speaking, the future aggressors vs. adults were an experienced group insofar as contact with older females was concerned, and far more experienced than the control group. Regarding homosexuality with adult males, they are intermediate in the rank-order.

Like the aggressors vs. minors, the aggressors vs. adults enjoyed good health during childhood. Here in percentage terms they are essentially identical with the aggressors vs. minors, who occupy third rank.

There is nothing distinctive about the aggressors vs. adults as far as their prepubertal masturbatory experience is concerned. As in the case of heterosexual offenders against females aged twelve or more, the incidence of those with prepubertal masturbation is below average.


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