Sex Offenders and the Internet

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John Wiley and Sons, Sep 28, 2009 - Psychology - 312 pages
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Online, the opportunity to commit a crime is never more than a few clicks away. Sex Offenders and the Internet explores the nature of online sex offenders in order to help practitioners understand and treat this new category of client. Kerry Sheldon and Dennis Howitt examine the research base by reviewing case studies and psychological profiles, with a particular focus on paedophilic Internet sex offenders. Issues covered include child pornography, the often overlooked ‘excuses’ for paedophilia, and how we can move forward. The result is a book that comprehensively details the nature of Internet sex offenders, bringing together the relevant research into one essential volume.

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Sex Offending on the Internet
The Issue of Child Pornography
What we Know about Paedophilia
Creating and Controlling the Internet Sex Offender
What Internet Sex Offenders Do
The Childhood Histories of Paedophiles
Sexual Abuse and Sexualisation in the Childhoods of Paedophiles
Coping with Life through Abuse and Child Pornography
Sexual Fantasy and Paedophile Offenders
Distorted Thinking
Desisting from Child Abuse
Epilogue What has been Learnt and What shall we Do?
Author Index
Subject Index

Relationships in Childhood and Adulthood Security and Attachment

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About the author (2009)

Kerry Sheldon is Lecturer in Psychology and Criminology atthe University of Gloucestershire. She trained in investigativepsychology at the University of Liverpool before obtaining her PhDin psychology at the University of Sciences at LoughboroughUniversity. In between these, she worked for the probation servicein sex offender treatment where she first encountered Internet sexoffenders. She has substantial publications in the field of sexoffending and the Internet.

Dennis Howitt is reader in Applied Psychology in theDepartment of Social Sciences at Loughborough University. he is aFellow of the British Psychological Society and a charteredpsychologist. His books in the field of crime and sex abuse includepaedophiles and Sexual Offences Against Children (Wiley, 1995),Crime, The Media and the Law (Wiley, 1998) and Child Abuse Errors(Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1992). He is author of Introduction toForensic and Criminal Psychology (2nd edition, Pearson Education,2006). He has published books in the field of race with KwameOwusu-Bempah including Psychology Beyond Western Perspectives(British Psychological Society, 2000) and The Racism of Psychology(Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1994). Amongst his well-known methodstextbooks with Duncan Cramer are Introduction to Statistics inPsychology (4th edition, Pearson Education 2008). Introduction toSPSS in Psychology (4th Edition, Pearson Education 2008) andIntroduction to Research Methods in Psychology (2nd edition,Pearson Education 2008).

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