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Title: "Voyeurism was my comfort blanket" : an investigation into the experiences and needs of adult males with a conviction for voyeurism
Author: Wood, C.
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis provides an exploration into voyeurism and the individuals that are committing this offence. Chapter one sets the scene introducing voyeurism and the thesis, Chapter two then extends this introduction by reviewing the current literature on the characteristics and risk factors of an adult male convicted of voyeurism and exhibitionism. The results indicate that there is very limited research exploring this area and what has been done is of poor quality and significantly dated. With only one limited paper attempting to look at voyeurism, the review found that further urgent research is needed into exploring who commits the offence of voyeurism. In order to further develop the field of research on voyeurism, chapter three explores the lived experiences of seven adult males convicted of voyeurism using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis. Three superordinate themes were identified as, (1) surrogate intimacy, (2) escapism from reality and (3) overwhelming habit. The results have implications for current policy and practice within Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS). Chapter four then continues to explore voyeurism by considering if there are different psychological needs (self-esteem, emotional loneliness, attachment style and problem solving style) for individuals convicted of voyeurism depending on whether they identify as being within a relationship or single. Independent t-tests and Chi-Square analysis was conducted on the pre psychometrics of n:20 individuals convicted of voyeurism. Despite limited secondary data key characteristics were identified that has helped to provide up to date knowledge of the individuals that are committing the offence of voyeurism. The results have confirmed that there are different psychological needs depending on the relationship status of those with a conviction for voyeurism highlighting potential areas to explore in interventions. The research also found new information on who are the victims of voyeurism (age, gender and association). However, further research is needed in this area. Finally, Chapter five provides a conclusion to the thesis highlighting the implications of the research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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