Development and preliminary validation of a paraphilic sexual fantasy questionnaire

William O'Donohue, Elizabeth J. Letourneau, Hartwell Dowling

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A sexual fantasy questionnaire (SFQ) measuring paraphilic and nonparaphilic fantasies was developed. Aspects of reliability were assessed in a sample of convicted male child molesters (27 inmates and 15 outpatients) and a convenience comparison group of 87 male undergraduates. Results indicated adequate test-retest reliability (mean r = .84), acceptable percentage agreement on repeated items (90%), and adequate internal consistency (mean Cronbach alpha = .82). The convergent validity of the SFQ was supported by the finding that child molesters reported significantly more deviant fantasies involving children than comparison subjects. Consistent with previous research, child molesters reported a similar number of normal sexual fantasies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-178
Number of pages12
JournalSexual Abuse: Journal of Research and Treatment
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Child molesters
  • Sexual fantasy
  • Sexual offender assessment
  • Sexual offending

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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