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I Despise Myself for Thinking about Them: A Thematic Analysis of the Mental Health Implications and Employed Coping Mechanisms of Self-Reported Non Offending Minor Attracted Persons

Stevens, Eleanor, Wood, Jane L. (2019) I Despise Myself for Thinking about Them: A Thematic Analysis of the Mental Health Implications and Employed Coping Mechanisms of Self-Reported Non Offending Minor Attracted Persons. The Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, . ISSN 1053-8712. E-ISSN 1547-0679. (doi:10.1080/10538712.2019.1657539) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:76585)

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Abstract

‘Non-offending pedophiles’ or ‘minor-attracted persons’ are individuals who suppress an attraction to children. Previous analyses of this population’s mental illness employed overt self-report methods, limited by social desirability. Additionally, studies assessing the coping mechanisms employed to remain offense-free are underpowered; understanding of these would facilitate the rehabilitation of prior offenders. A thematic analysis of coping mechanisms and mental illness was conducted on 5,210 posts on the ‘Virtuous Pedophiles’ forum. Four themes emerged for coping mechanisms: Managing risk and attraction to children, Managing mood, Managing preferences prosocially and Friends, family and relationships, with 13 subthemes. Five themes emerged for mental illhealth, including: Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Self-hatred/Selfharm/ Suicide and Other. Self-hatred/Self-harm/Suicide accounted for almost a third of discussed mental ill-health. These results highlight the severity of mental ill-health amongst this population and the coping mechanisms employed to remain offense-free.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/10538712.2019.1657539
Uncontrolled keywords: Suppression; pedophilia; minor attracted person; mental ill-health; coping mechanisms
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology
Depositing User: Jane Wood
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2019 08:15 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2019 11:13 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/76585 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Wood, Jane L.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4173-410X
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