Gateway to offending behaviour: permission-giving thoughts of online users of child sexual exploitation material.

Kettleborough, Danielle and Merdian, Hannah Lena (2017) Gateway to offending behaviour: permission-giving thoughts of online users of child sexual exploitation material. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 23 (1). pp. 19-32. ISSN 1355-2600

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Abstract

The endorsement of permission-giving thoughts, or so-called cognitive
distortions, has been discussed as a contributing factor in sexually
abusive behaviour. The current study set out to explore the thinking
patterns of offenders who have used/downloaded child sexual
exploitation material (CSEM), based on a survey of professionals. A
thematic analysis elicited four overarching themes, namely the Perceived
Nature of Children (perception of children portrayed in CSEM, as well as
children in general), Non-sexual Engagement with CSEM (motivating
factors that are not inherently sexual in nature), Denial of Harm
(perception of the level of harm caused by CSEM), and Expression of a
General Sexual Preference (general interest in deviant sexual behaviour).
These themes aid to explore the differences and similarities between
contact and non-contact offenders and to improve the understanding of
the role of permission-giving thoughts in this offending.
Results are discussed in terms of their theoretical significance and future
implications.

Keywords:child sexual exploitation material, child pornography, cognitive distortions, sex offending, internet sex offending
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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ID Code:24677
Deposited On:21 Oct 2016 09:26

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