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

Hannah Merdian (School of Psychology, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK)
Danielle Kettleborough (School of Psychology, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK)
Kieran McCartan (Department for Sociology & Criminology, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK)
Derek E. Perkins (School of Law, Royal Holloway University of London, London, UK)

Journal of Criminal Psychology

ISSN: 2009-3829

Article publication date: 7 August 2017

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 offenders who have sexually abused against children. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach

The present study explored the application of these models to the rehabilitation and desistance behaviour of CSEM users, based on a thematic analysis of the self-managed desistance strategies employed by 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.

Originality/value

This paper provides the first conceptual and empirical model of prevention and desistance behaviour specific to CSEM offending.

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Acknowledgements

Part of this research has been funded through research grant by the National Organisation of the Treatment of Abusers.

Citation

Merdian, H., Kettleborough, D., McCartan, K. and Perkins, D.E. (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, Vol. 7 No. 3, pp. 182-191. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCP-10-2016-0035

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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