Strength-based approaches to online child sexual abuse: Using self-management strategies to enhance desistance behaviour in users of child sexual exploitation material

Merdian, Hannah Lena and Kettleborough, Danielle and McCartan, Kieran and Perkins, Derek (2017) Strength-based approaches to online child sexual abuse: Using self-management strategies to enhance desistance behaviour in users of child sexual exploitation material. Journal of Criminal Psychology, 7 (3). pp. 182-191. ISSN 2009-3829

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Abstract

Purpose: Increasing numbers of convictions for the use of Child Sexual Exploitation Material (CSEM) call for enhanced measures to prevent this type of offending. Strength-based approaches such as the Good-Lives-Model have made significant contributions to the management of child sex offenders.
Design/methodology/approach: The present study explored the application of these models on the rehabilitation and desistance behaviour of CSEM users, based on a thematic analysis of the self-managed desistance strategies employed by n = 26 offenders.
Findings: The findings confirmed the value of strength-based approaches in understanding self-management strategies used to enhance desistance behaviour in CSEM users.
Research limitations/implications: The empirical and theoretical findings were then combined into a conceptual framework aimed to enhance preventative efforts and interventions targeted at undetected CSEM users.
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Originality/value: This paper provides the first conceptual and empirical model of prevention and desistance behaviour specific to CSEM offending.

Keywords:Prevention, Good lives model, Desistance, Strengths-based approaches, Child sex offending, Child sexual exploitation material
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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ID Code:28265
Deposited On:09 Aug 2017 14:20

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