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Reaching Men and Women at Risk of Committing Sexual Offences: Findings From the National Swedish Telephone Helpline PrevenTell
Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för klinisk vetenskap, Psykiatri. Anova, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för klinisk vetenskap, Psykiatri. Centre for Psychiatry Research, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; Stockholm Healthcare Services, Stockholm County Council, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID-id: 0000-0001-6766-7983
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2021 (Engelska)Ingår i: Journal of Sexual Medicine, ISSN 1743-6095, E-ISSN 1743-6109, Vol. 18, nr 9, s. 1571-1581Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: In 2012 the Swedish Helpline project PrevenTell, targeting men and women with self-identified out-of-control and paraphilic sexual behavior, was launched by ANOVA, Karolinska University Hospital. The overall purpose was to reach the target group and via a telephone-contact encourage further on-site assessment and treatment.

Aim: To describe men and women contacting PrevenTell during the first 7 years by delineate sexuality-related risk-factors for sexual violence, gender differences, and age-and gender-preferences when reporting a pedophilic interest.

Method: A 52-item semi-structured telephone interview was conducted by experts in sexual medicine with individuals who contacted the helpline. The interview covered sociodemographic characteristics, problematic sexual behavior(s), and mental health and based on the information reported, interventions included recommending an appointment at ANOVA, supporting other appropriate healthcare, or motivation of individuals still ambivalent to treatment.

Results: Data collection took place between March 2012 and October 2019. A total of 1573 respondents in the main target group (1454 men and 119 women) gave informed consent for participation. Compulsive sexual behavior was reported by 69% of respondents and 56% described at least one paraphilic interest. The prevalence of concomitant compulsive sexual behavior and a paraphilic interest was high, varying between 65% and 83%. Significant gender differences were found in socioeconomic and mental health variables, in which women showed fewer positive and stable life factors compared to men. A sexual preference for minors was reported by 24% of respondents. In this group, 63% reported use of child sexual exploitation material and 15% committed child sexual abuse. Respondents were offered anonymity, however 55% disclosed their identity and were enrolled for further assessment and treatment at ANOVA.

Clinical Implications: The result of this study is of substantial relevance when developing secondary preventive initiatives targeting sexual violence in the community.

Strengths and Limitations: This is the first study to present data from a national helpline targeting both men and women with a wide range of self-identified problematic sexual behaviors. Limitations include the lack of diagnostic confirmation on-site, hence, presented data provides only an indication of clinical conditions. Furthermore, the main objective of the interview was to motivate participants to seek further treatment, sometimes necessary to prioritize this over adherence to the semi-structured questionnaire, explaining the relatively high absence rate in some variables.

Conclusion: Men and women at risk of committing sexual crimes can be reached through a national helpline service and motivated to undergo further assessment and treatment.

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Elsevier, 2021. Vol. 18, nr 9, s. 1571-1581
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Sexual violence, Child sexual abuse, Paraphilic disorder, Compulsive sexual behaviour disorder, Prevention
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Folkhälsovetenskap, global hälsa, socialmedicin och epidemiologi Psykiatri
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-188070DOI: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2021.06.008ISI: 000696707800010PubMedID: 34303631Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85111109970OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-188070DiVA, id: diva2:1604636
Tillgänglig från: 2021-10-20 Skapad: 2021-10-20 Senast uppdaterad: 2021-10-20Bibliografiskt granskad

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