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Does lust make us stupid? Part II

Ross Bartels

At the 33rd ATSA conference, Jesse Bering (author of ‘Perv: The sexual deviant in all of us) gave an interesting opening keynote entitled ‘Does Lust Make us Stupid? The Effect of Sexual Arousal on Decision-Making’. This subject has clear relevance to the work undertaken by clinicians and researchers in the field of sexual offending. That is, it is likely to account (in part) for why some individuals engage in sexual activity with underage or non-consenting individuals. However, despite the importance of the topic, Bering argued that it has evaded empirical attention.

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Virtuous pedophiles exist

Kelly Babchisin

It is a commonly held belief that individuals with a sexual interest in children (that is, pedophiles) are at an extremely high risk of committing (or to have already committed) a sexual offence against a child. When people hear ‘pedophiles’, most immediately think ‘child molester’, ‘predator’, or ‘sex offender’. Most overlook an important distinction: pedophiles are those who hold a sexual interest in children whereas sex offenders against children are those who have committed a sexual offence against a child. These terms are not synonymous. Indeed, a large body of research has found that not all pedophiles are sex offenders, and not all sex offenders are pedophiles (Seto, 2008). Some pedophiles only have a sexual interest in children (exclusive pedophiles), whereas other pedophiles have a sexual interest in both children and adults (nonexclusive pedophiles).

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Nextgenforensic at ATSA 2014: Caoilte Ó Ciardha

Caoilte Ó Ciardha

I always come back from the ATSA conference feeling refreshed and motivated. Connecting with peers and friends sparks new ideas and a fresh enthusiasm for research. After returning from #ATSA2014, I was also fortunate enough to present for an inspiring group of PhD students at the Dutch-Flemish Experimental Psychopathology Postgraduate School, feeling additionally motivated as a result. I’ve included below a summary of my contributions at ATSA.

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Nextgenforensic at ATSA 2014: Ian Elliott

Ian A. Elliott

The 33rd Annual Research and Treatment Conference of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers – to give #ATSA2014 it’s full title – is in the books. For many, it wasn’t only an opportunity to get up to speed with the state-of-art thinking being produced in the field, but also to appreciate a little Fall warmth down in San Diego. Those of us at nextgenforensic who were present wanted to take this opportunity to make our resources available and feed back on the take-home points. We would also make readers aware that the SAJRT blog is also providing a review of the conference. This will be the first in a series of posts from the Editors where we each provide our materials and thoughts – we’ll keep you updated on these additional posts on our Twitter account. So with no further ado, here are my experiences of this year’s (excellent as ever) ATSA…

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Dr. Kelly Babchishin awarded the 2014 ATSA Graduate Research Award!

Her fellow Editors here at nextgenforensic would like to congratulate Kelly Babchishin on being awarded the Graduate Research Award at this year’s Annual Conference of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. Her longitudinal study examining how sex offenders change on risk-relevant propensities over time was given the top scores by the ATSA Research Committee. We at nextgenforensic are obviously biased because Kelly is a friend and colleague of ours, but her prolific work in the field is well-known and well-respected and she has a reputation as one of the sharpest young minds in this area of work. Congratulations Kelly!

Procrastinating about laziness: Sometimes we forget that deviant sexual interests are a bit complicated

Caoilte Ó Ciardha

I’m great at procrastinating, or rather; when I procrastinate I am very good at tricking myself into doing something useful. When my house is tidy, the people around me know I’m avoiding work. When I’ve actually gardened they know I’m avoiding something huge. Today, I’m trying something different – procrastinatory blogging! In admitting this I also apologise to those waiting for papers or journal reviews from me, and I apologise to my flatmates who might have reasonably expected a clean house to result from my latest bout of writer’s block. However, toiling as I am with a current piece of work and an impending deadline, I was reminded of an article that I wrote in similar circumstances.

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