Consequences of victims' mental health after Internet-initiated sexual abuse; a sexual grooming case in Sweden
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
The literature on sexual crimes against children has shown different factors contributing to consequences for the victims. Yet, less has been investigated on consequences of sexual abuse mediated by the Internet. The aim of the present study was to examine consequences of Internet-initiated sexual abuse on female victims’ mental health. Analyses of self-rating questionnaires were conducted to examine the victims’ mental health status at the time before, during and after the abuse, during the disclosure, police interrogations, trials and today (six years after trials). Results showed that their mental health today was overall good and how they felt during the disclosure contributed most on how they felt today. Victims that got some support compared to victims that did not after the abuse had better mental health today. The findings provide better understanding of the consequences of Internet-initiated sexual abuse which might help building up more effective treatment programs for victims of such crimes.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 27 p.
Internet, sexual abuse
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-88044OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-88044DiVA: diva2:609191
2013-02-01, Psykologiska institutionen, Frescati Hagväg, Stoxkholm, 09:00 (English)
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law
Christianson, Sven Å., Professor
Johnson, Maarit, Docent