Fantasies of the mother-son relationship of the rapist and pedophile
Calmas, Wilfred Earl
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This study was designed to investigate two facets of the mother-son relationship, maternal affection and maternal control among clinical subgoups which exist within two medico-legal classifications, Rapist and Pedophile. Also, this study presents the theoretical and descriptive formulations that were used in the development of the clinical classifications of rapists and pedophiles. Heretofore, the medico-legal classifications, Rapist and Pedophile, were considered to be homogeneous. Clinical study with many hundreds of rapists and pedophiles at the Bridgewater Treatment Center, Bridgewater, Massachusetts revealed many personality differences within both of these groups. Four clinical groups of rapists (Compensatory Reaction, Displaced Aggression, Impulse Disorder, and Sex Aggression) and three clinical groups of pedophiles (Aggressive Fixated, Non-Aggressive Fixated, and Non-Aggressive Regressive) emerged. Eight criteria were established for making a reliable diagnosis. Although significant personality differences exist among the clinical groups, all of these sexual offenders have two basic core problems: the inability to establish and sustain appropriate mature relationships with women and the inability to control unacceptable behavior. It is widely held that these behavioral disturbances are related to the early mother-child relationship and more specifically to the nature and intensity of maternal control and maternal affection. All of the available rapists (N = 25) and all of the pedophiles (N = 35) at the Treatment Center were administered the projective Mother-Son Interaction Test. Seven-point rating scales and a scoring manual were developed for scoring maternal affection and maternal control present in the subjects' fantasies. The mother-son interaction themes were analyzed in three ways. The first procedure involved getting a total score for each subject by adding the scale values assigned to the subject's overall experiences regarding maternal affection and maternal control. The second analysis involved using subscaling procedures which entailed transforming the distribution of maternal affection scores and maternal control scores for each subject. This technique provides three separate maternal affection scores - rejection, "normal," and seduction. It also provides three separate maternal control scores - undercontrol, "normal," and overcontrol. [TRUNCATED]
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