Deductive thematic analysis of a female paedophilia website

Elaine O'Halloran, University Cork*

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The role of the Internet and other technologies in sexual offending has recently received much attention. The literature, however, has focused largely on male sexual abusers and much has to be learned about deviant female arousal patterns. The purpose of this article was to investigate how women with a sexual interest in children engage with the Internet. Data taken from one female paedophilia website have been subjected to a deductive thematic analysis. The analysis generated five main categories: cognitive distortions, recognition barriers, sexual motivation, the role of the Internet, and personal factors. The findings indicate that women are using the Internet to express a sexual interest in children and that they display similar characteristics to male individuals engaged in the same processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-300
JournalPsychiatry, Psychology and Law
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2008

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