“We do exist”: the experiences of women living with a sexual interest in minors

Lievesley, R. ORCID: 0000-0003-4957-258X and Lapworth, R., 2021. “We do exist”: the experiences of women living with a sexual interest in minors. Archives of Sexual Behavior. ISSN 0004-0002 (Forthcoming)

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The current body of literature studying minor-attracted persons (MAPs) predominantly focuses on the experiences of men who experience sexual attractions to children. To shed more light on the experiences of women within this population, we conducted anonymous semi-structured interviews with six self-identified female MAPs, who were recruited through online support forums for individuals with sexual attractions to children. Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) was used to analyze the interview transcripts. Two superordinate themes were identified from the dataset that highlighted the uniqueness of the experience of being a woman within the MAP community (“A minority within a minority”) and themes of social isolation and the effects of this on identity (“A lonely secret existence”). The findings reported here highlight how the experiences of female MAPs both converge with and diverge from their male counterparts in important ways. We discuss the implications of these experiences in relation to more effective service provision for women who are sexually attracted to children.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Archives of Sexual Behavior
Creators: Lievesley, R. and Lapworth, R.
Publisher: Springer (part of Springer Nature)
Date: 15 September 2021
ISSN: 0004-0002
Rights: Post-prints are subject to Springer Nature re-use terms
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 27 Sep 2021 11:09
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2022 09:45
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/44263

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