“I’m not homosexual or heterosexual, I’m paedosexual”: exploring sexual preference for children using interpretive phenomenology

Duff, Simon (2016) “I’m not homosexual or heterosexual, I’m paedosexual”: exploring sexual preference for children using interpretive phenomenology. Journal of Forensic Practice . ISSN 2050-8794 (In Press)

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Purpose: There is little research that examines the experiences of individuals who were assessed as having a sexual preference for children. This study investigated the lived experience of five incarcerated participants who possessed a sexual preference for either prepubescent or pubescent children and had completed the Core Sex Offender Treatment Programme in HM Prison Service in England and Wales.

Design/methodology/approach: Semi-structured interviews were carried out and the data were analysed using the principles of an interpretative phenomenological approach.

Findings: Three recurrent themes were identified. These were: (1) Internal Battle, (2) I’m Always Going to have these Thoughts, and (3) There’s No Help Out There. In particular, these participants perceived that their sexual preference was relatively enduring and would require continuous management.

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Practical implications: The results have implications for clinical practice and further research. Cinicians may need to think particularly creatively about their therapeutic plans and extend the parameters of desirable treatment goals for clients with underlying sexual interests in children.

Social implications:

Originality/value: To date there are very few studies that have examined the accounts of men with a sexual preference for children regarding their lived experience. Paedophilia constitutes a stable sexual preference, suggesting that convicted perpetrators with a sexual preference for children face an inherent problem. Whilst sexual urges may be regulated and arousibility reduced, the underlying attraction may remain intact. In response to the lack of research in this area, the aim of this study was to investigate the lived experience of a sexual preference for children.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Paedophilia, Hebephilia, Interpretive Phenomenology, Sexual Offending, Child Abuse, Treatment
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Psychiatry
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2016 13:37
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2016 15:40
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/37156

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