Young people in difficulty with Internet sex and pornography

Music, Graham and Wood, Heather (2021) Young people in difficulty with Internet sex and pornography. In: From Trauma to Harming Others: Therapeutic Work with Delinquent, Violent and Sexually Harmful Children and Young People. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 36-51. ISBN 978-0367415570

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This chapter describes some of the ways in which engagement with internet sex can impact on young people’s sexual development and become problematic and some of the clinical challenges of working with these issues. The developmental processes specific to adolescence are complex and subject to disruption by adverse experiences. Immersion in internet sex can provide a refuge, not just from anxieties about the body and sexuality, but from the challenges of intimate relationships. Compulsive use of internet sex is only a symptom, and as such, the underlying drivers can be many, varied and idiosyncratic. The case illustrations which follow are not intended to be comprehensive nor to represent best practice, but to offer a snapshot of the kind of issues that emerge in treatment. Because this is a highly sensitive area of work, case illustrations are from our own and others’ practice, and are disguised or composites of a number of cases.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Psychotherapy
Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Adolescents - Psychotherapy
Criminology > Forensic Psychotherapy
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services

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