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

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  • Alexandra Bailey
  • Tom Squire
  • Melissa L Carey
  • Hilary J Eldridge

Colleges, School and Institutes


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
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2016


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