Stigmatization of minor-attracted persons

Student thesis: Master programme thesis

  • Zoltan Barkanyi
4. term, Master of Sexology (Continuing education) (Continuing Education Programme (Master))
Stigmatization is the disapproval of people based on characteristics, such as skin color or sexual orientation, that leads to discrimation and thus inferior opportunities to achieve personal development. The literature has shown that pedophilia is associated with significant social stigma. Negative views and assumptions of pedophiles also characterize the health professionals.
Stigmatization can be a contributory factor in the reluctance of pedophiles to seek treatment. Treatment is crucial to reduce the risk of sexual offending behavior.
It was investigated how people with sexual thoughts about children have experienced social stigma and how they have experienced that it has affected them, both in terms of self-image, development of social network and treatment motivation.
The study consists of a qualitative study in which semi-structured interviews were conducted with 2 informants.
It was found that people with sexual thoughts about children are exposed substantial social stigma, which negatively affects their self-perception and their ability to form a social network. They experience that they cannot talk to others about their sexual thoughts about children. Similarly, it was found that people with sexual thoughts about children find it difficult to seek treatment, due to their fear of being reported to the police.
These results were consistent with existing literature in the field.
It can therefore be concluded that people with sexual thoughts about children are exposed to substantial social stigma which affects their self-perception and their treatment motivation. It would be desirable to launch public information campaigns to reduce stigma. Revision of the current referral requirements for sexological treatment would be desirable in order to increase the proportion of those who will seek professional help.
Publication date3 May 2021
Number of pages64
ID: 410729283