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Fenichel, O. (1943). Sex Offenders and Sex Offenses: Classification and Treatment: Ira S. Wile. J. of Criminal Psychopathology, III, 1941, pp. 11–32.. Psychoanal Q., 12:304-305.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Sex Offenders and Sex Offenses: Classification and Treatment: Ira S. Wile. J. of Criminal Psychopathology, III, 1941, pp. 11–32.

(1943). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 12:304-305

Sex Offenders and Sex Offenses: Classification and Treatment: Ira S. Wile. J. of Criminal Psychopathology, III, 1941, pp. 11–32.

Otto Fenichel

Most authors who have written about sex offenses have discussed crime rather than the criminal and as far as they dealt with the perpetrator, the proposed classifications were more or less descriptive. Wile quotes several examples of such classification and discusses their insufficiencies. He himself is of the opinion that 'an analysis of sex offenders should take into consideration several

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frames of reference for classification'. He proposes 'a tentative sixfold classification for the purpose of promoting clearer interpretation and understanding as essential basis of rational therapy'. He classifies them according to age, plane (biological, psychological, social and legal), control, responsibility, legal offense and physiological, pathological and social factors.

The second part of the paper concerns therapy. Though Wile states that therapy has 'to meet and solve the dynamics behind the behavior' and 'should be based upon the maximum insight into the origin and nature of the personal maladjustment', he does not see psychoanalysis as the method of choice. However, even an enthusiastic psychoanalyst will certainly admit that the circumstances under which the treatment of sex-offenders is possible are often very unfavorable to psychoanalysis.

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Article Citation

Fenichel, O. (1943). Sex Offenders and Sex Offenses: Classification and Treatment. Psychoanal. Q., 12:304-305

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