Pedophilic, Rapist and Mixed Sexual Offenders: An Application of the Self-Regulation Model

Mackenzie E. Lambine, Roger Williams University

Document Type Dissertation


The current study aims to compare the offense pathways of pedophiles to those of rapist and mixed rapist/pedophile offenders as measured by the Self-Regulation Model. There is modest research concerning the differences in self-regulatory offense pathways between specific types of sexual offenders relative to offense type, PCL scores, ethnic differences, and criminal histories. Comprehensive evaluations of 163 incarcerated adult sex offenders were coded to determine their offense pathway using Yates et al. (2009) coding scheme. Results supported the utility of the Self-Regulation Model in classifying sexual offenders and echoed the findings of previous research. Both child molester and rapists were found to exhibit approach pathways to offense, and Mixed Offenders were found to follow a predominantly approach-explicit pathway. Those with higher scores on the lifestyle/antisocial factor of the PCL were more likely to follow an approach-automatic pathway to offense.