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2016 Intimate attractions and sexual misconduct in the therapeutic relationship: Implications for socially just practice

Despite the fact that there is controversy on the relevant ethical rules, sexually intimate behavior between psychologists and their customers, mentors, and students poses a severe challenge within psychological and allied fields. For those involved, the negative effects are frequently wide and nuanced. In addition, clients from marginalized backgrounds may be more susceptible to therapist exploitation as a result of wider power gaps. This conversation focuses on how the therapeutic alliance and its applicability to minority communities have implications for training, monitoring, and practice. Suggestions were put forward to assist practitioners in differentiating between sexual desires and intimate behaviors and dealing with them in an ethical, socially just manner. A deeper comprehension of these problems might also be helpful to clients.

2016 Historical child sexual abuse in England and Wales: the role of historians

This paper examines the ethical and methodological concerns that have influenced a joint project that intends to map the social, legal, and political reactions to child sexual abuse in England and Wales over the twentieth century. The etymological conundrum of looking for past records of child sex abuse was highlighted. It then focuses on the gaps and silences in the archive, most problematically in relation to the voices and experiences of victims and survivors themselves, acknowledging that research tools will always be limited. Finally, it covers moral concerns with the identification or anonymization of persons who have been charged and found guilty (as well as victims and survivors) when reporting study findings. The 1920s and 1950s, as well as education, were regarded as the main subjects of discussion.

The psychotherapists: Working with sex offenders

In addition to addressing sex offenders and non-offending paedophiles, this study made therapy recommendations for the aforementioned profiles. Additionally, it was mentioned that certain skills, such as empathy, congruence, the capacity for reflection, mindfulness, and distress tolerance, are essential for therapists. The awareness of criminogenic factors such as abnormal sexual preferences, obsessive sexual behavior, attitudes that support sexual crime, a lack of close adult relationships, an antisocial lifestyle, impulsivity and poor self-control, unstable employment, negative peer associations, substance abuse, and subpar problem-solving skills are also helpful. According to research, addressing these issues can be the most effective strategy to stop reoffending. Most significantly, it emphasized the idea that StopSO is steadfastly committed to providing in-person treatment for anyone who experiences sexual attraction to children but is unsure of how to get help.

2016 Conspiracy to corrupt public morals and the ‘unlawful’ status of homosexuality in Britain after 1967

Although contentious, English law has a long history of the common law offence of conspiring to subvert public morality. It was a charge mostly used against obscenity, arranging prostitution, maintaining an unruly home, public immorality, and mischief in public. The court might view these as components of a single crime called conspiracy to subvert public morals. The prosecution of IT was predicated on the legal precept that some types of “outrageously immoral” behavior were damaging public morals, regardless of whether such conduct was lawful or not. This idea classified homosexuality in men as an “unlawful” or “wrongful” act under the law. In that regard, homosexuality between men remained illegal even after it was decriminalized in 1967.

2016 Changes in coming out milestones across five age cohorts

In five age cohorts, self-identified lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals were compared in this quantitative study to evaluate differences in the coming out process. Participants completed the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identity Scale (LGBIS). (Mohr & Fassinger, 2000), disclosed the ages at which they reached significant turning points in the coming-out process, and provided demographic data and details about their upbringing. In general, this sample revealed two noteworthy trends: (a) a decline in the average age at which milestones are reached; and (b) the disappearance of the gender disparity in milestone attainment between men and women. The current study adds to and supports prior research that indicates a high correlation between early coming out and social acceptance of LGB people.

2015 Unacknowledged Rape: The Influences of Child Sexual Abuse and Personality Traits

Unacknowledged rape is the phrase used to describe how most young women who experience sexual victimization that satisfies the legal definition of rape do not label their experiences as such. In a sample of 77 young adult women, less severe histories of child sexual abuse and higher levels of dysfunctional personality traits were associated with considerably higher probabilities of unrecognized rape. Clinical ramifications and potential causes for these findings are examined in this study because of the possible psychological effects and cultural effects of unreported rape.

2015 The World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP) guidelines for the treatment of adolescent sexual offenders with paraphilic disorders

The main goal of these recommendations was to assess the effectiveness of pharmacological treatments for adolescents with paraphilic disorders who are sexual offenders or at-risk of becoming sexual offenders. Treatments that are psychosocial and psychotherapeutic were also examined. Particularly when compared to adults, adolescents with paraphilic illnesses pose a different therapeutic challenge. Additionally, the majority of the published treatment programmes have made use of psycho-educational, familial, and cognitive behavioral interventions. Adolescent psychological therapy is based on the idea that sexually inappropriate behavior can be controlled by the offender and that more mature behaviors can be taught. These recommendations’ major goals are to raise the standard of care and support medical professionals in making clinical judgements and viability. An algorithm is proposed for the treatment of paraphilic disorders in adolescent sexual offenders or those who are at risk.

2015 The relationship between mental disorder and recidivism in sexual offenders

The significance of mental illness as a risk factor for violence has been contested, with substantial consequences for clinical treatment and mental health policy. Although this relationship has lately been called into doubt in relation to sexual offenders, mental health diagnoses often have no effect on recidivism in offender samples. In the current, prospective analysis, the significance of various mental health diagnoses and pertinent co-morbidity is evaluated as predictors of various types of recidivism in two different samples of sexual offenders who were followed up to 27 years in the community. According to the findings, neither on their own nor in multivariate categories did mental health diagnoses predict recidivism, albeit comorbid drug use disorders and a few personality disorders did exhibit some construct power.

2015 The lived experiences of mothers whose children were sexually abused by their intimate male partners

Child sexual abuse is a widespread issue that affects many families worldwide and seems to be sharply rising in South Africa. The experiences of non-offending mothers are frequently ignored in the literature on child sexual abuse, which focuses mostly on the victims and abusers. This study set out to investigate the actual experiences of moms whose children had been sexually assaulted by their close male companions. The study used existential phenomenology, and data were analyzed using Braun and Clarke’s (2006) six-phase thematic analysis. According to the findings, the individuals went through feelings including incredulity, anger, remorse, depression, trust, and blame that are typical of those who have experienced a loss.

2015 Sexual abuse and subsequent risky sexual behaviors: A competency model for treatment of adolescent females

A lot of the psychological and behavioral problems that client families bring to therapy are caused by sexual abuse. In order to understand how childhood and adolescent sexual abuse affects hazardous sexual behaviors, individual and family functioning, and other factors, this article summarizes pertinent literature on the topic. The three essential components of clinical competence—knowledge, awareness, and skills—are discussed in the context of treatment recommendations employing trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy