'Because you’ve got faith it doesn’t mean that you’ve got wings on your back’: a qualitative analysis of the accounts of Christian prisoners serving time for a sexual offence

Winder, B. ORCID: 0000-0002-9118-679X, Blagden, N. ORCID: 0000-0002-4037-0984 and Lievesley, R. ORCID: 0000-0003-4957-258X, 2018. 'Because you’ve got faith it doesn’t mean that you’ve got wings on your back’: a qualitative analysis of the accounts of Christian prisoners serving time for a sexual offence. Journal of Sexual Aggression. ISSN 1355-2600 (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

Religious beliefs have been variously promulgated as both protective and risk factors for sexual reoffending. Moreover, therapists working with religious prisoners struggle with unravelling cognitive distortions embedded within religious views, with concerns about accusations of prejudice salient in their mindset. This paper presents a novel contribution to research by combining the qualitative analysis of the accounts offered by individuals (n=12) convicted of sexual offences who describe themselves as Christians. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews and analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. This paper focuses on two superordinate themes: (i) The God Effect and (ii) The Shadow Side of Religion. Implications of this research are discussed with reference to the assessment of dynamic risk and protective factors with religious individuals who have been convicted of a sexual offence.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Sexual Aggression
Creators: Winder, B., Blagden, N. and Lievesley, R.
Publisher: Routledge in association with the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA)
Date: 10 June 2018
ISSN: 1355-2600
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 18 Jun 2018 10:43
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2018 10:45
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33862

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