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THE SEXUAL PSYCHOPATH: VITAL STATISTICS

There are some differences between the sexual psychopaths and the other offenders in age at report. In all but one instance the sexual psychopaths are younger, the difference ranging from as little as three years (among the incest offenders) to as much as ten (among the exhibitionists). Among the offenders vs. children the two groups were the same age. This youthfulness of the sexual psychopath is probably due to the fact that younger males were selected as more amenable to treatment.

The sexual psychopaths also tend to be better educated: among all except the exhibitionists they have a larger proportion of persons with some college education, and in five of our six comparative cases they also had a larger proportion with eleventh- and twelfth-grade education. Once again this situation is probably the result of selection on the basis of treatability, those with more education being on the whole more intelligent than those with less. In addition, other factors may be involved: the better educated may more often request psychiatric examination, and there is a tendency for clinicians to feel an increased obligation to try to salvage someone with greater education and social status.

The same picture prevails when one examines intelligence ratings. In all but the exhibitionists the sexual psychopaths reveal far larger proportions of men with above-average intelligence.

In terms of the person's previous history of treatment for mental disturbance, there were no consistent differences between the sexual psychopaths and other offenders regarding institutionalization: relatively few (never over 8 per cent) had ever been in a mental institution prior to the sex offense that labeled them. However, more sexual psychopaths than other offenders had received private treatmentóa not unexpected findingóbut this was true of only a few individuals. When one considers either the proportion of married men or their ages when first married, a number of interesting phenomena come to light. In four of our six offense groups essentially the same proportions of sexual psychopaths and other offenders had been married. However, in the other two groups there are radical differences: among the exhibitionists 76 per cent of the sexual psychopaths married as opposed to 62 per cent of the other offenders, despite the fact that the latter were, on the average, nearly ten years older than the former. This should not be construed to mean that the exhibitionists who were not sexual psycho paths had a less or more difficult heterosexual development. On the contrary, more of them had premarital coitus, and with more females, than did the sexual psychopaths. The reason for this difference in proportion ever married remains unknown. The other group displaying a marked difference is the homosexual offenders vs. minors: 24 per cent of the sexual psychopaths had married in contrast to 44 per cent of the other offenders. The difference in this instance may be that the sexual psychopaths were more strongly homosexual; note that 29 per cent had no premarital coitus, a figure nearly double that of the other homosexual offenders vs. minors.

The accumulative incidence figures of age at first marriage show that in earlier adult life, from age eighteen up to twenty or twenty-three, the sexual psychopaths generally have larger proportions of men marrying. This trend ceases or is even reversed later in life for four groups, and only among the exhibitionists and incest offenders do the sexual psychopaths maintain their "lead." This tendency among the sexual psychopaths toward early marriage is more in keeping with the prison group's behavior than with that of the control group.

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