The role of inhibitory control in defining typologies of internet sex offenders

Bettles, Sophie (2014). The role of inhibitory control in defining typologies of internet sex offenders. University of Birmingham. Foren.Psy.D.

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Developing a greater understanding of the characteristics of Internet sex offenders is an important area of research for reducing recidivism and working towards prevention strategies for the future, particularly given the risk of individuals committing both online and offline offences. One characteristic that is lacking comprehensive examination for Internet sex offenders is deficient inhibitory control, which has previously been evidenced in offline sexual offenders (e.g., Smith & Waterman, 2004). This may enhance our understanding of risk factors for online offending and the presence of distinct Internet sex offender typologies. This thesis explores the characteristics and typologies of Internet sex offenders with a specific focus on inhibitory control. An introduction is provided for this area of research, followed by a systematic review of the literature. Impulsiveness is then explored through a critique of a psychometric tool which is further utilised in a novel research project. Finally, a comprehensive discussion is provided on the content of this thesis, including implications for research and clinical practice. The thesis appears to highlight a link between self-regulation deficits and sexual offending against children commissioned online. However, this characteristic does not appear to differentiate Internet sex offenders, suggesting important implications for assessing, managing and treating future risk in online-only offenders.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Foren.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Foren.Psy.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare


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