Model of problematic Internet use in people with a sexual interest in children

Ethel Quayle, Maxwell Taylor

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Abstract

Agencies working with sex offenders are starting to see the emergence of people with a sexual interest in children who meet some of their needs through the use of child pornography, or the seduction of children, through the Internet. While CBT models dominate our understanding of sex offenders, there has been little research into the role that such new technologies may play in offending behavior. Data from the COPINE project has been used to generate a model of such offending behavior that emphasizes the role of cognitions in both the etiology, engagement with and problematic use of the Internet for those with a sexual interest in children. Such a model seeks to incorporate contemporary thinking about the role of cognitions in Pathological Internet Use, but applies this from a nonpathological perspective. This model is a first step towards providing a conceptual framework for such offending that will help inform both assessment and therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-106
Number of pages14
JournalCyberPsychology and Behavior
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2003

Keywords

  • PORNOGRAPHY
  • PEDOPHILES
  • OFFENDERS
  • DEFICITS
  • RAPISTS

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