An exploration of children and young people who display sexually harmful and abusive behaviours, therapeutic interventions and their impact on recidivism

McCarthy, Lyndsey (2010) An exploration of children and young people who display sexually harmful and abusive behaviours, therapeutic interventions and their impact on recidivism. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation explores the area of literature and research concerned with children and young people who display sexually harmful and abusive behaviour. It determines why such behaviour occur as well as critically evaluating therapeutic interventions used to prevent long term affects on the child or young person’s emotional and behavioural development, and at what level of impact the discussed interventions are having on recidivism. There is a general misconception that children and young people who display sexually harmful and abusive behaviour have been sexually abused themselves. However, it is argued that there are many potential elements that can influence the development of problematic sexual behaviours in children and young people and actual sexual abuse is only one of them. This evidences the importance of taking a holistic approach in this topic area and can be debated that family background and environment plays a vital role in the development of sexually problematic behaviours in children and young people. Research in this area is still very limited and as a result professionals have an overwhelming difficulty in analysing what is best practice for children and young people displaying sexually harmful and abusive behaviour. This has resulted in complications in defining terminology and failures within the system, which later reflect on those statistics representing children and young people who later go on to re-offend. Though the formidable result is surely predictable, if practitioners are lacking in comprehensive knowledge within this area, how can they implement early intervention for these children and young people to prevent recidivism? Continued research is essential within this area, to bring together the key messages of current literature will continuously be an invaluable resource in enhancing professional approaches to sexually harmful and abusive behaviours in children and young people.

    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
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/801

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