Implicit measures of sexual interest in child sexual exploitation material offenders

Perkins, Derek, Merdian, Hannah Lena and Bailey, Alex (2014) Implicit measures of sexual interest in child sexual exploitation material offenders. In: 13th Conference of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders, 3-6 September, 2014, Porto, Portugal.

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Meta analyses of sex offending recidivism have established key dynamic risk factors as deviant sexual interests and psychopathic traits (Hanson, R. K., & Morton-Bourgon, K. E. (2005), factors also identified as relevant within a meta-anlysis of child sexual exploitation material (CSEM) offenders (Babchishin, K. M., Hanson, R. K., & Herrmann, C. A., 2010). Seto, Canter and Blanchard (2006), for example, compared the PPG responses of I00 CSEM offenders with other sexual offenders and non-offenders and differentiated CSEM offenders from the other comparison groups. Studies of child sexual abusers have typically characterised offence motivation as a either paedophilic sexual preference (‘fixated’) or a more situationally dependent emotional congruence with children (‘regressed’) (eg Finkelhor, 2004). Such a dichotomous view of offence motivation has been challenged by, for example Wood (2013), who suggests that sexual interest in children is more fluid and capable of being activated and reinforced by life events including access to CSEM. This is in line with the outcome of pilot studies of CSEM offenders within the ‘onlineProtect’ (oP) research programme (Perkins & Merdian, 2013). The present paper presents the preliminary findings of sexual interest measures including the Explicit and Implicit Sexual Interest Profile (EISIP) (Banse, Schmidt & Clarbour, 2010).

Additional Information:Conference subtitle: Criminal policies in sexual violence: from research to legislation and treatment
Keywords:child sexual exploitation material, bmjcheck
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C810 Applied Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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ID Code:14847
Deposited On:10 Sep 2014 08:26

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