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De professionella och pedofilen: En kvalitativ studie av socionomers föreställningar och handlingsberedskap 
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The professional and the paedophile : A qualitative study of social workers perceptions and action contingency (English)
Abstract [en]

Although  “naming and shaming” paedophiles are growing in Sweden, professionals working with the rehabilitation and treatment of paedophiles describe that the naming and shaming might not prevent child sex abuse. On the opposite naming and shaming alienates the perpetrator from any ordinary life. The alienation could lead them to only having other paedophiles as friends. Previous studies show that professionals are often distancing themselves from working with paedophiles, even if there is competence. Studies also show that paedophiles are seldom seeking help due to of fear of stigmatization. The aim of this study was to describe social workers perception of “paedophiles” and to find out the action contingency among social workers regarding clients that express such feelings. A qualitative method with semi-structured interviews was used. Seven social workers and one psychologist were interviewed. Previous research has been confirmed as many professionals actively choose not to work with perpetrators even though they believe the perpetrators deserve adequate help. The data was analysed referring to Hasenfelds theory of human service organizations and the concept of cognitive dissonance. Organizations that are not specifically built to treat perpetrators and paedophiles are apparently not prepared to help them. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
paedophilia, social worker, action contingency, stigmatization, perpetrator
Keyword [sv]
pedofili, socialarbetare, handlingsberedskap, stigmatisering, förövare
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-45130OAI: diva2:826935
Subject / course
Social Work
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
Available from: 2015-06-26 Created: 2015-06-26 Last updated: 2015-06-26Bibliographically approved

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