Variables Influencing the Case Prioritisation of Men Convicted of Internet Child Abuse Material Offences

Garrington, Catherine, Merdian, Hannah Lena and Boer, Douglas P (2020) Variables Influencing the Case Prioritisation of Men Convicted of Internet Child Abuse Material Offences. Sexual Offending: Theory, Research, and Prevention, 15 (1). ISSN 2699-8440

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Abstract

The differentiation between men convicted of child abuse material offences, known as Internet
Child Abuse Material (I/CAM), and Contact (CO) child sex offenders is an ongoing area of research.
Current research indicates there are differences between men convicted of I/CAM and CO offences.
This article highlights key variables that may indicate clinically and/or statistically significant
differences between I/CAM and CO populations, as identified in current published research.
Identified key variables may contribute to the case prioritisation of men under investigation for
I/CAM offences to assist timely investigation. Post conviction, key variables may contribute to
targeted treatment, reducing recidivism and protecting the global community. Articles containing
variables differentiating I/CAM and CO populations were reviewed; articles that did not include
any comparative analysis were excluded. The final sample of articles (n = 10) was reviewed using a
literature review methodology to collate trend variables and directionality between the two
populations. Demographic variables with critical differences between men convicted of I/CAM
offences when compared to CO offences are younger age, White ethnic background, employed,
lower use of alcohol and drugs, and less or no recorded criminal history but higher self-reported
history of offending. Key psychological variables identified are lower impression management,
lower demonstrations of antisociality, higher sexual deviancy and higher levels of victim empathy
when compared to men convicted of CO offences. The findings will be considered in line with
existing risk assessment and case prioritisation tools. This research can contribute to community
safety through a specific focus on prioritising the investigation, case management, and treatment
of men convicted of I/CAM offences and signals future pathways for targeted risk assessment

Keywords:internet offenders, case prioritisation, child abuse material, risk variables, recidivism
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C810 Applied Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:41663
Deposited On:04 Aug 2020 08:58

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