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Examining the role of faith community groups with sexual offenders: A systematic review

Kewley, S, Beech, AR and Harkins, L (2015) Examining the role of faith community groups with sexual offenders: A systematic review. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 25 (A). pp. 142-149. ISSN 1359-1789

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The aim of this paper is to examine the role of faith-based communities and activities in helping those convicted of sexual offending to desist from crime and reintegrate back into their communities. It was found that much of the current research is limited to non-offending juvenile populations. Where research has been carried out on adult offenders, these tend to be custodial cases and exclude those convicted of sexual offending. The role of religious and spiritual groups in helping people convicted of sexual offending to desist from crime, while reintegrating into the community is, therefore, unknown. A number of parallels between the factors needed to promote desistance from sexual offending and the conditions encountered when engaged with a faith community are outlined. We would note that a religious and spiritual environment can: promote motivation to change, provide access to pro-social peers, offer moral guidance, provide a support network, and help bring meaning into people's lives. The potential for people to use faith-based communities or organizations to facilitate offending are also considered. Finally, implications for probation work and future research are also discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology, 1701 Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Natural Sciences & Psychology (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Elsevier Masson
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2017 09:44
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2022 09:02
DOI or ID number: 10.1016/j.avb.2015.07.016
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7031
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