The development of the Children, Internet, and Sex Cognitions (CISC) scale: understanding the cognitions of child pornography offenders

Kettleborough, Danielle (2013) The development of the Children, Internet, and Sex Cognitions (CISC) scale: understanding the cognitions of child pornography offenders. Masters thesis, University of Lincoln.

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Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
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Abstract

Research suggests that there are at least two typologies of child sexual exploitation material offenders (CSEMOs), more commonly known as “child pornography” offenders), those that are “contact-driven” to engage in sexual contact with a child and those that are “fantasy driven” with no intent to meet offline (Briggs, Simon, & Simonsen, 2011; Merdian, Curtis, Thakker, Wilson & Boer, 2011). This distinction appears conceptually attractive for CSEMOs, and thus may find application in differing cognitions between the offender subgroups. Research to date has compared the cognitive distortions of CSEMOs to contact sexual offenders (CSOs) and thus far appears to support the above hypothesis. Measures have been developed to capture the cognitions of CSEMOs and CSOs, but there is no measure solely for CSEMOs. This study describes the construction of a measure designed specifically for the cognitions of CSEMOs. Expert knowledge on the cognitions of this typology of offender was obtained from a survey completed by professionals’experienced in working with CSEMOs. Participants were asked if, and how, Ward and Keenan’s (1999) implicit theories may apply to CSEMOs. Items for the scale were generated following a thematic analysis of the survey responses. The analysis elicited 10 subthemes, which resulted in a 108-item scale named Children, Internet, and Sex Cognitions (CISC). The development of this scale, will help further explore the hypothesis that there are differing typologies of CSEMOs. The results are discussed in terms of theoretical and clinical implications, with reference to possible future use of the scale.

Keywords:child pornography, cognitive distortions, sexual offending, internet
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C890 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:17495
Deposited On:30 Sep 2015 08:51

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