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Restoring identity: The use of religion as a mechanism to transition between an identity of sexual offending to a non-offending identity

Kewley, S and Larkin, M and Harkins, L and Beech, AR (2017) Restoring identity: The use of religion as a mechanism to transition between an identity of sexual offending to a non-offending identity. Criminology & Criminal Justice, 17 (1). pp. 79-96. ISSN 1748-8958

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Abstract

This study examines the unique experience of participants who during their reintegration back into the community, following a conviction for sexual offending, re-engaged with religious and spiritual communities. To explore meaning Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was adopted. Four in-depth interviews of men convicted for sexual crimes were undertaken and analysed. Findings indicate that through religious affiliation participants were: exposed to new prosocial networks; provided opportunities to seek forgiveness; felt a sense of belonging and affiliation; and were psychologically comforted. However, the study also found that the process of identity transition from ‘offender’ to ‘non-offender’ was not seamless or straightforward for those with an innate sexual deviancy towards children, caution is therefore advised.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2017 08:58
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2017 08:58
DOI or Identification number: 10.1177/1748895816654530
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7028

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