An Evaluation of a Community-Based Psycho-Educational Program for Users of Child Sexual Exploitation Material

Steven M Gillespie, Alexandra Bailey, Tom Squire, Melissa L Carey, Hilary J Eldridge, Anthony R Beech

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Abstract

Online sexual offenders represent an increasingly large proportion of all sexual offenders. Many of these offenders receive noncustodial sentences, and there is a growing need for community-based interventions. The aim of this study was to evaluate a psycho-educational program for community dwelling users of child sexual exploitation material (CSEM). A total of 92 adult male participants completed self-report measures at pre and post. A subset of participants also completed measures after a follow-up period. Results suggested benefits across depression, anxiety, and stress; social competency, including locus of control and self-esteem; and distorted attitudes. Furthermore, these effects remained 8 to 12 weeks following program completion. Our results suggest that CSEM users are amenable to treatment in the community and that there are beneficial outcomes in affective and interpersonal functioning following psycho-education. These factors represent treatment targets for sexual offenders and are recognized risk factors for contact sexual offense recidivism.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSexual abuse : a journal of research and treatment
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Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2016

Keywords

  • Internet
  • online sex offenders
  • indecent images of children
  • treatment outcome
  • psycho-education

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