Case Studies of Men’s Perceptions of their Online Sexual Interactions with Young People: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Juliane Kloess, Michael Larkin, Anthony Beech, Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

55 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to gain an understanding of the perspectives of men who were convicted of committing a sexual offense that included online sexual grooming. It explores their experiences of illegal interactions with young people via Internet communication platforms, which progressed to physical meetings. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with two men and analyzed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), providing in-depth accounts of their personal experiences. These are presented in a case study format. Three dominant themes emerged from the analysis: (a) fulfilling an unmet need, (b) spiraling cycle of use, and (c) confrontation with reality. Narrative tones employed by the two men were ‘being trapped in a lie’, analogous to a problem narrative through which their Internet use was presented as a poor and/or failed coping strategy to deal with life stress. Through a process of habituation, their Internet use spiraled out of control. A progression was described in terms of time spent on the computer, frequency and intensity of online interactions, and the impact this had on the men’s personal lives, highlighting the ‘compulsive’ nature of such interactions for them. A consideration of individual and situational vulnerability factors provides new insight into the progression of online sexual behavior and contributes to our understanding thereof
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)867-885
Number of pages19
JournalSexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment
Volume31
Issue number8
Early online date16 Apr 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2019

Fingerprint

Internet
Grooming
Psychological Stress
Sexual Behavior
Communication
Interviews

Keywords

  • Internet communication
  • offender experience
  • sexual grooming
  • solicitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Cite this

Case Studies of Men’s Perceptions of their Online Sexual Interactions with Young People: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. / Kloess, Juliane; Larkin, Michael; Beech, Anthony; Hamilton-Giachritsis, Catherine.

In: Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 31, No. 8, 13.09.2019, p. 867-885.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Kloess, Juliane ; Larkin, Michael ; Beech, Anthony ; Hamilton-Giachritsis, Catherine. / Case Studies of Men’s Perceptions of their Online Sexual Interactions with Young People: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. In: Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. 2019 ; Vol. 31, No. 8. pp. 867-885.
@article{13282fe90e164fe5b978304fc861485a,
title = "Case Studies of Men’s Perceptions of their Online Sexual Interactions with Young People: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis",
abstract = "The aim of the present study was to gain an understanding of the perspectives of men who were convicted of committing a sexual offense that included online sexual grooming. It explores their experiences of illegal interactions with young people via Internet communication platforms, which progressed to physical meetings. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with two men and analyzed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), providing in-depth accounts of their personal experiences. These are presented in a case study format. Three dominant themes emerged from the analysis: (a) fulfilling an unmet need, (b) spiraling cycle of use, and (c) confrontation with reality. Narrative tones employed by the two men were ‘being trapped in a lie’, analogous to a problem narrative through which their Internet use was presented as a poor and/or failed coping strategy to deal with life stress. Through a process of habituation, their Internet use spiraled out of control. A progression was described in terms of time spent on the computer, frequency and intensity of online interactions, and the impact this had on the men’s personal lives, highlighting the ‘compulsive’ nature of such interactions for them. A consideration of individual and situational vulnerability factors provides new insight into the progression of online sexual behavior and contributes to our understanding thereof",
keywords = "Internet communication, offender experience, sexual grooming, solicitation",
author = "Juliane Kloess and Michael Larkin and Anthony Beech and Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis",
year = "2019",
month = "9",
day = "13",
doi = "10.1177/1079063218769031",
language = "English",
volume = "31",
pages = "867--885",
journal = "Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment",
issn = "1079-0632",
publisher = "Sage Publications",
number = "8",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Case Studies of Men’s Perceptions of their Online Sexual Interactions with Young People: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

AU - Kloess, Juliane

AU - Larkin, Michael

AU - Beech, Anthony

AU - Hamilton-Giachritsis, Catherine

PY - 2019/9/13

Y1 - 2019/9/13

N2 - The aim of the present study was to gain an understanding of the perspectives of men who were convicted of committing a sexual offense that included online sexual grooming. It explores their experiences of illegal interactions with young people via Internet communication platforms, which progressed to physical meetings. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with two men and analyzed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), providing in-depth accounts of their personal experiences. These are presented in a case study format. Three dominant themes emerged from the analysis: (a) fulfilling an unmet need, (b) spiraling cycle of use, and (c) confrontation with reality. Narrative tones employed by the two men were ‘being trapped in a lie’, analogous to a problem narrative through which their Internet use was presented as a poor and/or failed coping strategy to deal with life stress. Through a process of habituation, their Internet use spiraled out of control. A progression was described in terms of time spent on the computer, frequency and intensity of online interactions, and the impact this had on the men’s personal lives, highlighting the ‘compulsive’ nature of such interactions for them. A consideration of individual and situational vulnerability factors provides new insight into the progression of online sexual behavior and contributes to our understanding thereof

AB - The aim of the present study was to gain an understanding of the perspectives of men who were convicted of committing a sexual offense that included online sexual grooming. It explores their experiences of illegal interactions with young people via Internet communication platforms, which progressed to physical meetings. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with two men and analyzed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), providing in-depth accounts of their personal experiences. These are presented in a case study format. Three dominant themes emerged from the analysis: (a) fulfilling an unmet need, (b) spiraling cycle of use, and (c) confrontation with reality. Narrative tones employed by the two men were ‘being trapped in a lie’, analogous to a problem narrative through which their Internet use was presented as a poor and/or failed coping strategy to deal with life stress. Through a process of habituation, their Internet use spiraled out of control. A progression was described in terms of time spent on the computer, frequency and intensity of online interactions, and the impact this had on the men’s personal lives, highlighting the ‘compulsive’ nature of such interactions for them. A consideration of individual and situational vulnerability factors provides new insight into the progression of online sexual behavior and contributes to our understanding thereof

KW - Internet communication

KW - offender experience

KW - sexual grooming

KW - solicitation

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85045431083&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1177/1079063218769031

DO - 10.1177/1079063218769031

M3 - Article

VL - 31

SP - 867

EP - 885

JO - Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment

JF - Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment

SN - 1079-0632

IS - 8

ER -