Attitudes towards sex offenders: a comparison between Germany and the United Kingdom.

Wagner, Naila (2016) Attitudes towards sex offenders: a comparison between Germany and the United Kingdom. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Sexual offending has been associated with fear and public concerns, which significantly influence the well-being of the public and the reintegration of convicted sex offenders into society. Previous research has identified negative and stereotypical attitudes among members of the public, however, lacked qualitative research particularly in Germany. This study investigated the attitudes towards sex offenders by conducting semi-structured interviews with seven German and seven British participants.
    The results of this study have highlighted that the attitudes towards sex offenders are rather negative and stereotypical. However, a higher level of education and professional contact with sex offenders decreased these negative attitudes. Interestingly, the German participants reported a strong relationship between their attitudes towards sex offenders and their behaviour and well-being. Such a relationship was not observed among the British participants In addition, the incidents in Cologne did only slightly influence the perception towards sex offenders in Germany.
    Notwithstanding some limitations, this study has enhanced the understanding of the attitudes towards sex offenders and contributed to the existing research. Further research might explore the long-term consequences of the Cologne incidents and techniques to decrease the stereotypical perceptions towards sexual offending.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 13:01
    Last Modified: 21 Mar 2017 13:01
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/24444

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