Social Skills and Sexual Offending

SocialSkills and Sexual Offending

SocialSkills and Sexual Offending

Socialskills play an imperative role in explaining sexual offenses.Theorists, including Sigmund Freud, indicate that most of thedivergent sexual behaviors occur as reflections of unfulfilledchildhood stages. Brown (2013) indicates that spineless social skillsin individuals lead to loss of confidence, poor social networks andinadequate attachment. Communicating and sharing ideas is alsoaffected by the lack of self-confidence and lacerated esteem.

Humanbeings have the propensity to establish robust emotional bonds, andwhenever they are in a rage or lonely the extent of their reaction isdetermined by the support provided by their social networks (Brown,2013). These social skills can be used to explain sexual offending.Individuals who abuse others sexually have been found to have poordeveloped social skills and self-confidence that is necessary forforging strong intimate relationships, and they become frustrated.Such individuals usually target minors who are vulnerable to satisfytheir sexual desires (Brown, 2013). The rationale for this is thatthey cannot approach members of their age group owing to their poorlydeveloping self-esteem, attachment and the ability to maintain anintimate relationship.

Itis advisable to diagnose paraphilia since there is a need todistinguish it from other criminal acts. Getting acquainted with theparaphilia that an individual is suffering from makes it easy toproject their expected behaviors (DeFeo,2015). Besides, some paraphilia involves violence that can be metedagainst children and other adults without their consent. DeFeo (2015)further indicate that understanding this behavior can be instrumentalin singling out the various sexual offenses that individuals arelikely to commit. Theoretically, comprehending paraphilia enablescounselors and analysts to develop an informed etiology of on anindividual`s conduct.


Brown,S. (2013). Treatingsex offenders: An introduction to sex offender treatment programmes.New York N.Y.: Routledge.

DeFeo,J. (2015). Understanding sexual, paraphilic, and gender dysphoriadisorders in DSM-5. Journalof child sexual abuse,24(2),210-215.