Internet child pornography offenders: an examination of attachment and intimacy deficits

Armstrong, Janelle and Mellor, David 2016, Internet child pornography offenders: an examination of attachment and intimacy deficits, Legal and criminological psychology, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 41-55, doi: 10.1111/lcrp.12028.

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Title Internet child pornography offenders: an examination of attachment and intimacy deficits
Author(s) Armstrong, Janelle
Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David
Journal name Legal and criminological psychology
Volume number 21
Issue number 1
Start page 41
End page 55
Total pages 15
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2016-02-01
ISSN 1355-3259
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Criminology & Penology
Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Government & Law
internet child pornography
Summary Purpose: This study investigated attachment, intimacy, and anxiety related to interpersonal interactions, in offenders convicted of Internet child pornography (ICP), other sexual offenders, and non-offenders.

Methods: The sample of 162 male participants comprised 32 ICP offenders, 32 matched child sexual offenders, 31 matched adult sexual offenders, 20 offenders convicted of both ICP and an offline sexual offence, and 47 community controls who reported that they had not been convicted of any sexual offences.

Results: The ICP group reported significantly less secure attachment than non-offenders and both the matched child and adult sexual offenders. Both the ICP group and the group convicted of an ICP offence in addition to an offline sexual offence reported a significantly more fearful attachment style and a more negative view of themselves than non-offenders. The ICP group also reported a more negative view of themselves than both of the matched sexual offender groups. Finally, the ICP group reported more social avoidance and distress than non-offenders.

Conclusions: Despite a small sample size these findings provide insights into the cohort of offenders convicted of ICP and their similarities/differences to other sexual offenders.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/lcrp.12028
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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