Harmful sexual behaviour: professional perspectives and risk factors

Norman, Verity (2021). Harmful sexual behaviour: professional perspectives and risk factors. University of Birmingham. Foren.Psy.D.

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The aim of the present thesis was to explore risk factors and professional perspectives on Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB), to build on existing research and guide professional practice. Chapter one of this thesis details the background to the research area which provides a context for the remaining chapters. Chapter two presents a systematic literature review which examined the relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and HSB. The findings of this review identified sexual victimisation as a significant factor in relation to HSB, with mixed findings for the other types of adversity identified in the search. Conclusions derived from this chapter highlighted the need for further research. Chapter three outlines a critique of a youth risk assessment measure, the J-SOAP-II. Although the J-SOAP-II did show promise on certain facets of validity and reliability, the finding that the measure lacked predictive validity was problematic given its purpose as a risk assessment tool. Conclusions drawn from this chapter indicated that assessors using the J-SOAP-II should be cautious about the accuracy of their assessments, and subsequent decisions. Chapter four outlines an empirical project which explores educator’s perspectives on HSB; specifically, the study aimed to capture educators’ experiences, training, understanding and perceptions of HSB. Four themes were elicited from the thematic analysis which provided a snapshot of HSB within mainstream schools. Findings explored educators’ knowledge of HSB, responses to incidents of HSB, and their perceptions (and those of wider society) of HSB. The conclusions of this chapter highlighted practice implications within Education in terms of managing negative perceptions and staff burnout, supporting parents and communities and encouraging systemic approaches to tackling HSB in schools. Chapter five of the thesis collates the key findings and synthesises these into one cohesive conclusion.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Foren.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Foren.Psy.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: Other
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/11138


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