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“I kind of find that out by accident”: probation staff experiences of pharmacological treatment for sexual preoccupation and hypersexuality

Helen Elliott (Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit, Division of Psychology, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK)
Belinda Winder (Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit, Division of Psychology, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK)
Ellie Manby (HMP Lowdham Grange, Nottingham, UK)
Helen Edwards (Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit, Division of Psychology, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK)
Rebecca Lievesley (Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit, Division of Psychology, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK)

The Journal of Forensic Practice

ISSN: 2050-8794

Article publication date: 9 January 2018

Issue publication date: 23 January 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the views and experiences of probation staff working with individuals convicted of a sexual offence who have been prescribed medication to manage sexual arousal (MMSA).

Design/methodology/approach

Semi-structured interviews were utilised with a sample of probation staff (offender supervisors and managers, n=12), who supervise individuals convicted of a sexual offence, either in prison, or post-release in the community. Data were analysed using thematic analysis.

Findings

Two main themes emerged: barriers for probation staff and suspicious but hopeful. Theme 1 encapsulates factors that prevent probation staff from engaging with MMSA; theme 2 highlighted the samples’ uncertainty and mistrust of the use of medication as a potential tool for risk management and scepticism about individuals’ motivations, particularly in the community.

Research limitations/implications

The main limitation of this study was the differing levels of knowledge the sample had about MMSA and their subsequent ability to discuss MMSA other than in a theoretical sense.

Practical implications

Practical implications include the need for further training for probation staff, improved collaboration between departments and ongoing support for staff to support the success of the MMSA intervention.

Originality/value

This study offers a novel perspective on MMSA – that of the probation staff supervising prisoners taking MMSA. This has not been explored before, and the findings and associated implications are of importance for the treatment and care of those convicted of sexual offences.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank all participants who contributed to this research.

Citation

Elliott, H., Winder, B., Manby, E., Edwards, H. and Lievesley, R. (2018), "“I kind of find that out by accident”: probation staff experiences of pharmacological treatment for sexual preoccupation and hypersexuality", The Journal of Forensic Practice, Vol. 20 No. 1, pp. 20-31. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFP-09-2017-0036

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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