The work lives of child molesters: A phenomenological perspective

B.M. Schaefer, M.L. Friedlander, D.L. Blustein, Shadd Maruna

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To understand the work experiences of men who sexually offend against children, the authors conducted a qualitative study on a sample of 8 outpatients in mandated treatment. The results, based on both interview and quantitative data, highlighted the reciprocal influence of work and sexual offending and ways in which the offense affected participants' psychosocial and career stability. Participants who were rated as making the most favorable progress by their therapists ranked work as less salient than home and family, leisure, and community service, although they were relatively satisfied with their current jobs. Work was more salient than other life roles, but less satisfying for participants who were making less progress in treatment. Participants reported a loss of job security and career status, as well as restricted opportunities for vocational change and advancement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-239
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology


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