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Student/trainee-professional implicit theories of paedophilia

McCartan, Kieran

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This research investigates student/trainee-professional implicit theories of paedophilia and their explanations for the current crisis of paedophilia. The research methodology is based on a previous research design (Sternberg, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 49, 607 627, 1985), and consists of two interrelated studies. Study 1 (n = 60) develops scales for student/trainee-professional implicit theories of paedophilia and Study 2 (n = 188) uses these scales in conjunction with other scales to define the student/trainee-professional implicit theories of paedophilia and to measure the potential explanations for the current crisis of paedophilia. The findings indicate that student/trainee-professional implicit theories of paedophilic personalities (pathology, abusive and mentally disordered old offender) and behaviours (devious, child focused, cognitive distortions, secretive, child lovers, sexual abusers, socially inept and grooming) seem to reflect both previous research and expert opinion. These tentative findings suggest that student/trainee-professionals' implicit theories of paedophilia, and as such the current crisis of paedophilia in modern society, seem to have developed in part from the transfer of expert knowledge (explicit theories), the impact of the media, and social constructionalism; and not from the student/ trainee-professionals' individual personality and coping traits. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.

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McCartan, K. (2010). Student/trainee-professional implicit theories of paedophilia. Psychology, Crime and Law, 16(4), 265-288. https://doi.org/10.1080/10683160802614144

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 1, 2010
Deposit Date Nov 22, 2010
Journal Psychology, Crime and Law
Print ISSN 1068-316X
Electronic ISSN 1477-2744
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 4
Pages 265-288
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/10683160802614144
Keywords paedophilia, implicit theories, lay perceptions, double-hermeneutic model, factor analysis
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/981305
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10683160802614144

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