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Delivering an intervention to a young person minimising his harmful sexual behaviour: a practice case study

Hatton, Victoria Anne; Duff, Simon


Victoria Anne Hatton

Associate Professor in Forensic Psychology


Young perpetrators of harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) often minimise the severity of their offending. Whilst there have been mixed findings, the most recent literature suggests offence-specific minimisation increases the risk of sexual recidivism in high risk sexual offenders. The presented case study summarises the authors’ engagement with a 17-year-old perpetrator of internet-related HSB (arrested for possessing and distributing thousands of indecent photographs of children) who was minimising the severity of his offending. The client engaged in a six session intervention which was adapted from two HSB manuals. This involved exploring minimisation, perspective taking and HSB consequences. To assist the formulation process and evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention, the Internet Behaviour and Attitudes Questionnaire was administered and an unstructured interview facilitated. Whilst the IBAQ revealed a slight increase in minimisation, the interview demonstrated developments in the client’s insight into his offending. Implications for future research and practice development are discussed.


Hatton, V. A., & Duff, S. (2019). Delivering an intervention to a young person minimising his harmful sexual behaviour: a practice case study. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 25(2), 207-222.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 9, 2018
Online Publication Date Dec 31, 2018
Publication Date May 4, 2019
Deposit Date Jan 7, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jan 1, 2020
Journal Journal of Sexual Aggression
Print ISSN 1355-2600
Electronic ISSN 1742-6545
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 2
Pages 207-222
Keywords Behavioral Neuroscience
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