‘I Despise Myself for Thinking about Them.’ A Thematic Analysis of the Mental Health Implications and Employed Coping Mechanisms of Self-Reported Non-Offending Minor Attracted Persons…


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Date: September 07, 2020

01) “I Despise Myself for Thinking about Them.” A Thematic Analysis of the Mental Health Implications and Employed Coping Mechanisms of Self-Reported Non-Offending Minor Attracted Persons

“ABSTRACT

‘Non-offending pedophiles’ or ‘minor attracted persons’ are individuals who suppress an attraction to children. Previous analyses of this population’s mental illness employed overt self-report methods, limited by social desirability. Additionally, studies assessing the coping mechanisms employed to remain offense-free are underpowered; understanding of these would facilitate the rehabilitation of prior offenders. A thematic analysis of coping mechanisms and mental illness was conducted on 5,210 posts on the ‘Virtuous Pedophiles’ forum. Four themes emerged for coping mechanisms: Managing risk and attraction to children, Managing mood, Managing preferences prosocially and Friends, family and relationships, with 13 subthemes. Five themes emerged for mental ill-health, including: Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Self-hatred/Self-harm/Suicide and Other. Self-hatred/Self-harm/Suicide accounted for almost a third of discussed mental ill-health. These results highlight the severity of mental ill-health amongst this population and the coping mechanisms employed to remain offense-free.

KEYWORDS: Suppression, pedophilia, minor attracted person, mental ill-health, coping mechanisms”

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3 thoughts on “‘I Despise Myself for Thinking about Them.’ A Thematic Analysis of the Mental Health Implications and Employed Coping Mechanisms of Self-Reported Non-Offending Minor Attracted Persons…

  1. Yure

    This is awfully sad. I thought that forum was meant to help people with pedophillic feelings, but that article makes it look like everyone there is universally unhappy.

    Reply
    1. eqfoundation Post author

      Yeah…Not everybody really finds their own peace.

      I think it’s generally damaging, psychologically, to internalize the negative social beliefs…

      …And various groups don’t aggressively reject it.

      Reply

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