Internet Sex Offenders

Merdian, Hannah Lena (2020) Internet Sex Offenders. In: NL_ATSA Conference: “At the Crossroads: Future Directions in Sex Offender Treatment and Assessment”, 5-7 February 2020, Antwerp, Belgium.

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Significant increases in the number of arrests of individuals who download or distribute Child Sexual Exploitation Material (CSEM) has highlighted a need to further understand the pathways to offending of this relatively new offender group. Merdian et al. (2018) developed an aetiological model specific to CSEM offending, producing seven superordinate themes associated with: early developmental issues, offence-related (risk and protective) propensities, personal circumstances at the time of offending, permission-giving thoughts (and their interaction with online sexual arousal), modes of engagement with the internet, evaluation of personal consequences of offending, and desistence-inhibiting or -enhancing factors. The model has now been tested in group and individual treatment, and with offenders across the life span. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the model and its underlying research base and will discuss current risk assessment and complex case formulation for online offenders, using a range of clinical case examples and practical tools.

Keywords:child sexual exploitation material, Sexual offending, assessment, intervention planning
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C810 Applied Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:40783
Deposited On:17 Jun 2020 09:38

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