Female-perpetrated child sex abuse: definitional and categorisational analysis

Deering, Rebecca and Mellor, David 2007, Female-perpetrated child sex abuse: definitional and categorisational analysis, Psychiatry, psychology and law, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 218-226.


Title Female-perpetrated child sex abuse: definitional and categorisational analysis
Author(s) Deering, Rebecca
Mellor, David
Journal name Psychiatry, psychology and law
Volume number 14
Issue number 2
Start page 218
End page 226
Publisher Australian Academic Press Pty. Ltd.
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2007-11
ISSN 1321-8719
1934-1687
Summary A recent series of court cases in Australia in which teachers have been convicted of sexual crimes against children and adolescents has brought to attention the fact that females are capable of, and do commit, such crimes. However, the nature of the crimes does not reflect the range of sexually abusive behaviours females may perpetrate, nor the kinds of women who may engage in such behaviour. We consider definitional problems in identifying female-perpetrated sexual abuse, and note that apart from one attempt to describe the range of sexual abuse perpetrated by mothers, there is little to guide researchers or clinicians in relation to female perpetrated offences more generally. We then consider approaches to categorising female sex offenders, and conclude that, although there a several such approaches that overlap in some ways, a multidimensional approach that combines aspects of each taxonomy may be more useful.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007273

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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