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Methods used by Internet predators to lure children into offline contact: How law enforcement and mental health professionals view grooming and assess risk


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Abstract (summary)

Individuals who attempt to solicit minors online for sexual activity have gained a great amount of media attention in recent years. Despite the risks involved, including arrest and prosecution, Internet sexual predators continue to engage in behavior that is aimed towards a typical common goal: offline sexual contact with a minor. While research exists that explores the methods used by sexual offenders in real-world settings to molest victims, less is known with regard to online behavior. Mental health professionals and law enforcement officers are in a unique position to reflect upon the use of the Internet by sexual offenders, and in particular, how this medium is used to groom children into sexual activity. This phenomenological qualitative study explored the typical methods used by sexual offenders to lure children via the Internet, and in particular, how grooming behaviors may be used to assess the risk for offending or level of threat posed by a potential sex offender. Both mental health professionals and law enforcement officers were interviewed with regard to their specific, phenomenological experiences of the issue, as these professionals possess a myriad of experience with regard to risk assessment and sexual offenders. The data was collected, analyzed, and coded to identify major themes inherent in their experiences, both individually and collectively.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Law;
Clinical psychology;
Web Studies
Classification
0398: Law
0622: Clinical psychology
0646: Web Studies
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Psychology; Grooming; Internet; Law enforcement; Luring; Mental health; Mental health professionals; Predators; Sex offenders
Title
Methods used by Internet predators to lure children into offline contact: How law enforcement and mental health professionals view grooming and assess risk
Author
Sharpe, Casey Anne
Number of pages
140
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0971
Source
DAI-B 70/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109538717
University/institution
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
University location
United States -- Illinois
Degree
Psy.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3388344
ProQuest document ID
305140547
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305140547
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