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Forensic staff attitudes towards men who have sexually offended: a general public comparison (2019)
Journal Article
Challinor, L., & Duff, S. (in press). Forensic staff attitudes towards men who have sexually offended: a general public comparison. Journal of Forensic Nursing,

Objectives: To explore the attitudes towards men who have sexually offended (MSO) between the general public and professionals and paraprofessionals in forensic settings. Background: Existing research demonstrates a number of different factors that... Read More

Delivering an intervention to a young person minimising his harmful sexual behaviour: a practice case study (2018)
Journal Article
Hatton, V. A., & Duff, S. (2018). Delivering an intervention to a young person minimising his harmful sexual behaviour: a practice case study. Journal of Sexual Aggression, doi:10.1080/13552600.2018.1551499

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 h... Read More

Perceptions of sex offenders with intellectual disability: a comparison of forensic staff and the general public (2018)
Journal Article
Steans, J., & Duff, S. (in press). Perceptions of sex offenders with intellectual disability: a comparison of forensic staff and the general public. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, doi:10.1111/jar.12467. ISSN 1360-2322

Background. Existing literature suggests that individuals with intellectual disability are not always held accountable for their actions and forensic staff are unlikely to report their sexually harmful behaviour. Method. This research explores how... Read More

A qualitative analysis of nonoffending partners’ experiences and perceptions following a psychoeducational group intervention (2017)
Journal Article
Cahalane, H., & Duff, S. (in press). A qualitative analysis of nonoffending partners’ experiences and perceptions following a psychoeducational group intervention. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 24(1), doi:10.1080/13552600.2017.1384264. ISSN 1355-2600

The present research is a qualitative study analysing therapeutic letters written by the nonoffending partners of men who have perpetrated child sexual abuse, after completion of a psychoeducational group intervention. It sought to identify themes re... Read More

Sexual offending hierarchies, personality attributions, and the clinical implications (2017)
Journal Article
Challinor, L. E., & Duff, S. (2017). Sexual offending hierarchies, personality attributions, and the clinical implications. Journal of Forensic Practice, 19(3), doi:10.1108/JFP-07-2016-0031. ISSN 2050-8794

Aims: the research examines sexual offending hierarchies constructed by the general public and forensic staff based on personal attitudes and perceived severity of offence. In addition, six sexual offence perpetrators are differentiated using the Fiv... Read More

“I’m not homosexual or heterosexual, I’m paedosexual”: exploring sexual preference for children using interpretive phenomenology (2017)
Journal Article
exploring sexual preference for children using interpretive phenomenology. Journal of Forensic Practice, 19(2), doi:10.1108/JFP-06-2016-0028. ISSN 2050-8794

Purpose: There is little research that examines the experiences of individuals who were assessed as having a sexual preference for children. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the lived experience of five incarcerated participants who posses... Read More

The Precondition Model as a method for developing understanding of female contact and non-contact sex offending: a single case study (2016)
Journal Article
non-contact sex offending: a single case study. Journal of Criminal Psychology, 15(1), doi:10.1080/14999013.2016.1138345. ISSN 2009-3829

This research evaluates the use of an established model, typically used for understanding male sex offenders, to understand the behaviour of a female sex offender. The Finkelhor (1984) Precondition Model of offending is used to provide a rare opport... Read More