Applying desistance principles to improve wellbeing and prevent child sexual abuse among minor-attracted persons

Lievesley, R. ORCID: 0000-0003-4957-258X and Harper, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-3172-0129, 2021. Applying desistance principles to improve wellbeing and prevent child sexual abuse among minor-attracted persons. Journal of Sexual Aggression. ISSN 1355-2600 (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

The prevention of sexual abuse among people with sexual attractions to minors is a field of study that is growing in both size and importance. While there is an increasing amount of research into this topic, particularly in relation to the stigmatisation of minor-attracted persons (MAPs) and the barriers to them seeking help, there is currently no theoretical framework within which to consider this prevention landscape. In this paper, we suggest that an extension of Göbbels, Ward, and Willis’ (2012) integrative theory of desistance from sexual offending could fill this gap in the literature. We explore what the aims of ‘prevention’ initiatives could, or perhaps should, be, before exploring how an extension and adaptation of the desistance framework could provide a framework for working with MAPs in their journey for sound mental health and, ultimately, the prevention of sexual offending.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Sexual Aggression
Creators: Lievesley, R. and Harper, C.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 26 January 2021
ISSN: 1355-2600
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Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jeremy Silvester
Date Added: 04 Feb 2021 11:48
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2021 07:52
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42183

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