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Multisystemic Therapy for Problem Sexual Behaviour: Families' perspectives on therapeutic processes and outcomes

Baly, AR; (2016) Multisystemic Therapy for Problem Sexual Behaviour: Families' perspectives on therapeutic processes and outcomes. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London).

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Abstract

This volume is comprised of three parts. Part 1 is a systematic literature review examining critically whether the current adolescent sexual offender evidence base supports the existence of a causal relationship between empathy and adolescent sexual offending. Sixteen articles covering cognitive and affective aspects of general empathy, victim empathy, and victim-specific empathy were identified. The evidence base as a whole was found to be limited and sometimes contradictory, meaning that no conclusive evidence of a causal link between empathy and adolescent sexual offending could be found. Part 2 presents the empirical paper. Using thematic analysis of interview data, this study explored the experiences of eight young people and ten caregivers who had undertaken Multisystemic Therapy for Problem Sexual Behaviour (MST-PSB). Eight themes were identified for young people and ten themes for caregivers. Participants were found to experience strong negative emotions and cognitions linked to issues around stigmatisation, which led to barriers to engagement such as the use of denial. A strong therapeutic relationship was found to underpin several different processes of engagement and change in MST-PSB (including processes around denial, the development of new knowledge and skills, and processes that helped to break down barriers between the young person and caregiver), leading to improvements in the young person’s behaviour and in caregiver-young person relationships. Finally, Part 3 is a critical appraisal of some of the epistemological and personal assumptions relating to my research.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Multisystemic Therapy for Problem Sexual Behaviour: Families' perspectives on therapeutic processes and outcomes
Event: University College London
Language: English
Keywords: adolescent sexual offending, Multisystemic Therapy
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1517951
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