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The Complexities of Understanding Sexual Grooming Behaviours

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Sexual grooming has been deemed an integral part of the child sexual abuse (CSA) process. However, there has yet to be a widely accepted definition or model conceptualizing the construct. Sexual grooming behaviours are complex and often mirror normal adult–child interactions, which makes them difficult to detect and define. This chapter first provides an overview of the literature on in-person sexual grooming, and then identifies several challenges that impede our ability to better understand sexual grooming. Lastly, the chapter sheds light on future directions for research and important implications for the topic as it relates to clinical evaluation and treatment, investigation, and prosecution of CSA cases, primary prevention, and policy.

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  • Sexual grooming
  • In-person grooming
  • Pre-offense behaviours
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Prevention

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Winters, G.M., Spriggs, S., Jeglic, E.L. (2022). The Complexities of Understanding Sexual Grooming Behaviours. In: Uzieblo, K., Smid, W.J., McCartan, K. (eds) Challenges in the Management of People Convicted of a Sexual Offence. Palgrave Studies in Risk, Crime and Society. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-80212-7_1

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