An exploratory study into paedophilia as a mental disorder and its social construction

Dwyer-Parker, Sinead (2010) An exploratory study into paedophilia as a mental disorder and its social construction. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation has attempted to explore the issues surrounding paedophilia being classified as a mental disorder and the effects that social constructionism has on this. A literature review utilised a diverse number of books, journals, studies, organisational and government departments, to obtain the research. This consisted of using a blended approach by accessing both qualitative and quantitative data. Chapter 1 introduces the study and begins to looks at the definition of paedophilia and the historical context of paedophilia and mental disorder. Chapter 2 justifies and explains the methodology used to search for the literature. Chapter 3 critically analyses the conflicts surrounding paedophilia’s classification as a mental disorder. Chapter 4 examines the origins of paedophilia from a nature versus nurture perspective. Chapter 5 discusses and considers how and why social constructionism has a role in the classification of paedophilia as a mental disorder. Chapter 6 explores the implications of paedophilia and mental disorder has on social work practice, including issues of labelling, assessment and discrimination. Chapter 7 discusses the dissertations findings and identifies gaps in research.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15

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