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Obstacles to Help-Seeking for Sexual Offenders: Implications for Prevention of Sexual Abuse

Obstacles to Help-Seeking for Sexual Offenders: Implications for Prevention of Sexual Abuse Persons with potentially harmful sexual interests such as attraction to minors are unlikely to seek or receive treatment before a sexual offense has been committed. The current study explored barriers to help-seeking in a sample of 372 individuals in treatment for sexual offending. Results revealed that the shame and secrecy resulting from stigma associated with pedophilic interests often prevented our respondents from seeking professional counseling, and only about 20% tried to talk to anyone about their sexual interests prior to their arrest. Barriers to seeking and receiving psychological services included concerns about confidentiality, fears of social and legal consequences, personal shame or confusion about the problem, affordability, and challenges finding competent therapists who were adequately equipped to help them. Understanding and ultimately reducing obstacles to help-seeking can improve the quality of life for people with harmful sexual interests and potentially prevent sexual abuse of children or other vulnerable individuals. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal Of Child Sexual Abuse Taylor & Francis

Obstacles to Help-Seeking for Sexual Offenders: Implications for Prevention of Sexual Abuse

Obstacles to Help-Seeking for Sexual Offenders: Implications for Prevention of Sexual Abuse

Journal Of Child Sexual Abuse , Volume 26 (2): 22 – Feb 17, 2017

Abstract

Persons with potentially harmful sexual interests such as attraction to minors are unlikely to seek or receive treatment before a sexual offense has been committed. The current study explored barriers to help-seeking in a sample of 372 individuals in treatment for sexual offending. Results revealed that the shame and secrecy resulting from stigma associated with pedophilic interests often prevented our respondents from seeking professional counseling, and only about 20% tried to talk to anyone about their sexual interests prior to their arrest. Barriers to seeking and receiving psychological services included concerns about confidentiality, fears of social and legal consequences, personal shame or confusion about the problem, affordability, and challenges finding competent therapists who were adequately equipped to help them. Understanding and ultimately reducing obstacles to help-seeking can improve the quality of life for people with harmful sexual interests and potentially prevent sexual abuse of children or other vulnerable individuals.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1547-0679
eISSN
1053-8712
DOI
10.1080/10538712.2016.1276116
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Abstract

Persons with potentially harmful sexual interests such as attraction to minors are unlikely to seek or receive treatment before a sexual offense has been committed. The current study explored barriers to help-seeking in a sample of 372 individuals in treatment for sexual offending. Results revealed that the shame and secrecy resulting from stigma associated with pedophilic interests often prevented our respondents from seeking professional counseling, and only about 20% tried to talk to anyone about their sexual interests prior to their arrest. Barriers to seeking and receiving psychological services included concerns about confidentiality, fears of social and legal consequences, personal shame or confusion about the problem, affordability, and challenges finding competent therapists who were adequately equipped to help them. Understanding and ultimately reducing obstacles to help-seeking can improve the quality of life for people with harmful sexual interests and potentially prevent sexual abuse of children or other vulnerable individuals.

Journal

Journal Of Child Sexual AbuseTaylor & Francis

Published: Feb 17, 2017

Keywords: child sexual abuse; minor-attracted persons; pedophilia; sexual offender; treatment

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