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Potential impediments to the recognition of the sexual exploitation of young males under 18

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dc.contributor.author Montgomery-Devlin, J.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-05T18:40:42Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-05T18:40:42Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Montgomery-Devlin, J. (2018). Potential impediments to the recognition of the sexual exploitation of young males under 18. University of Bedfordshire. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://uobrep.openrepository.com/uobrep/bitstream/10547/623361/1/Montgomery_repository%20version.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/4445
dc.description.abstract A growing body of research has shown that the discourse on child sexual exploitation (CSE) continues to be female-centric despite some attempts to raise the plight of young males as victims of this phenomenon. This thesis addresses this gap by examining the potential impediments to the recognition of CSE in young males under the age of 18. The central focus of this study is to identify barriers to disclosure by young males and inhibitors to identification by professionals, encompassing an exploration of the existence of any relationship between the two. The research took the form of a mixed methods approach, obtaining both quantitative and qualitative data from young people and a range of professionals. This consisted of: 91 respondents to a survey for professionals; 1,158 respondents to a survey for young people; 10 interviews with young males; and 30 interviews with professionals. The study is underpinned by the theoretical framework of ecological systems theory, supporting the notion that the sexual exploitation of young males as a phenomenon is not simply a manifestation of the individual male victim operating in a vacuum, but contextual to the prevalence and impact of other factors. This allows for the integration of all levels of human ecology, including the environment and diverse cultural contexts, as responsible for the cause of and solution to the problem. Application of this theory was facilitated by using Sorsoli et al’s (2008) three domains model as a practical framework, enabling examination of barriers to recognition within each of the systems (or domains) at play, and the interplay between them, demonstrating the complexities surrounding the recognition of this phenomenon. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Bedfordshire en_US
dc.subject International Resources en_US
dc.subject United Kingdom en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.subject male victims en_US
dc.subject exploitation en_US
dc.title Potential impediments to the recognition of the sexual exploitation of young males under 18 en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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