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Study: Female prison workers more likely to ‘lust after’ inmates than male counterparts

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Have you ever found yourself lusting after someone you absolutely know deep down you should never be with? Apparently, you’re not alone. It’s nothing new that women are attracted to bad boys, but now there is research to back that up.

It’s widely known that serial killers like Charles Manson and Ted Bundy have received ‘fan mail’ from women who express a sexual desire to be with them. However, it’s not just the notorious criminals women want. This phenomenon of falling for inmates –an attraction to people with criminal records — is known as hybristophilia.

According to a new study conducted by Dr. Philippe Bensimon at the University of Montreal, female prison guards and correctional workers are more likely to feel this type of attraction than their male counterparts.

This may be due to the positions women typically fill inside a prison. As doctors or psychologists, they’re more likely to establish an emotional bond with an inmate, the study found.

The research showed that in US correctional facilities, almost 4% of prison workers– including prison guards, psychologists, social workers, nurses, teachers, and other professionals–are affected by this lesser known sexual behavior.

Over 70% of sexual misconduct cases involved female staff, despite them making up less than half of the prison workforce, the Daily Mail reported.

“Feeling attraction for an inmate is not an ethical transgression in itself, but responding quickly and appropriately to control it is the ethical and professional responsibility of all correctional workers,” Dr. Bensimon concluded.

Both parties involved would likely face serious consequences and besides such relationships are usually “doomed to fail”. Bensimon added that prison administrators should recognize the problem and provide training to staff. He also noted that the “imbalance rooted in the employee’s personality” is likely what’s causing the problem.

The study, published in the journal Déliquance, justice et autres questions de société, focused on more than 300 cases in the US and European media over a ten-year period.
 

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