Child pornography offending seen through three theoretical lenses
child pornography, behavioral economics, social learning theory, sex offenders, child sexual abuse
Understanding the complex issues surrounding child pornography offending is still in its infancy, and questions regarding the etiological underpinnings of sexually deviant interests and behaviors for these offenders remain both salient and unanswered. This article considers these questions through the lenses of three psychological theories of behavior: (1) social learning theory, (2) courtship disorder theory, and (3) behavioral economics. The development and maintenance of child pornography offending, as well as the potential for off-line escalation of those behaviors, from each theoretical perspective is discussed and the implications for theoretically grounded clinical practice is explored.
Sandy Jung, Liam Ennis & L. Alvin Malesky, Jr. (2012) Child Pornography Offending Seen Through Three Theoretical Lenses, Deviant Behavior, 33:8, 655-673, DOI: 10.1080/01639625.2011.636726
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