Integrating Structured Individual Offending Pathway Analysis into Group Treatment for Individuals who have accessed, shared, and/or distributed Child Sexual Exploitation Material: A Feasibility Study and Preliminary Outcome Evaluation

Merdian, Hannah Lena, Perkins, Derek, McCashin, Darragh and Stevanovic, Jelena (2020) Integrating Structured Individual Offending Pathway Analysis into Group Treatment for Individuals who have accessed, shared, and/or distributed Child Sexual Exploitation Material: A Feasibility Study and Preliminary Outcome Evaluation. Psychology, Crime and Law . ISSN 1068-316X

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Abstract

The Child Sexual Exploitation Material Pathways Tool (CPT) is a case formulation tool that guides a systematic exploration of the learning history, current personal situation, and offending behaviour of individuals who have been arrested, cautioned, and/or sentenced for accessing, downloading, distributing, and/or sharing of child sexual exploitation material. Based on the RE-AIM principles, a feasibility study was conducted to test the integration of the CPT as part of a community treatment group in comparison to treatment-as-usual. Based on qualitative feedback from the participants and group facilitators and a series of psychometric tests administered before, during, and after the treatment, the study evidenced that participants (and service staff) can be successfully recruited for this intervention, that the intervention has perceived positive effects, and that it can be integrated into treatment-as-usual. The study also highlighted relevant contextual critical issues in the quantitative evaluation of feasibility studies in a forensic context and with regards to the CPT specifically information, most notably the impact of self-reported sexual interest in children on treatment engagement. Limitations of the study are the small sample size and the number of drop-outs over time. Findings are discussed with regards to planned revisions to the CPT and research developments towards a randomised controlled trial.

Keywords:child sexual exploitation, structured professional judgement, RE-AIM, community treatment intervention, feasibility study
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C810 Applied Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:42332
Deposited On:03 Nov 2020 15:17

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