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  • Child pornography and the Internet: Perpetuating a cycle of abuse

    Published in:

    Deviant Behavior, Vol: 23, Page: 331-362,Taylor & Francis

    Publication Date:

    2002

    Aims & Objectives:

    This study interviewed men convicted of downloading child pornography with a view to understanding how these men talked about the photographs and the function such talk played in their accounts

    Abstract:

    Interviewed 13 men convicted of downloading child pornography with a view to understanding how these men talked about the photographs and the function such talk played in their accounts. Quotations are used from the interviews to illustrate the analysis. Six principal discourses emerged within these accounts in relation to child pornography: sexual arousal; as collectibles; facilitating social relationships; as a way of avoiding real life; as therapy; and in relation to the Internet. These are discussed in the context of previous research. The analysis illustrates the important role that the Internet plays in increasing sexual arousal to child pornography and highlights individual differences in whether this serves as a substitute or as a blueprint for contact offenses. It also draws our attention to the important role that community plays in the Internet and how collecting facilitates the objectification of children and increases the likelihood that in the quest for new images children continue to be sexually abused. Discourses focusing on both therapy and addiction serve to distance the respondent from personal agency and allow for continued engagement with child pornography. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)

    Authors:

    Ethel Quayle; Max Taylor

    Study Type:

    Study Papers » Qualitative Study » Qualitative Studies

    Notes:

    0163-9625 1521-0456 Accession Number: 2002-13795-002. First Author & Affiliation: Quayle, Ethel; U Coll Cork, Dept of Applied Psychology, COPINE Project, Cork, Ireland. Other Journal Title: Deviant Behavior. Release Date: 20020703. Publication Type: Journal, (0100) Peer Reviewed Journal, (0110). Media Covered: Print. Media Available: Electronic; Print. Document Type: Journal Article. Language: English. Major Descriptor: Child Abuse; Internet; Pornography; Sex Offenses; Sexual Arousal. Classification: Behavior Disorders & Antisocial Behavior (3230) . Population: Human (10) Male (30) . Age Group: Adulthood (18 yrs & older) (300) . Methodology: Empirical Study. References Available: Y.

    Categories:

    child pornography

    International Classification:

    Sexual abuse - men convicted of downloading child pornography

    Keywords:


    Geography:

    Republic of Ireland (Republic of Ireland)