Le script cognitivo-comportemental de victimisation de l'exploitation sexuelle chez les jeunes

Authors: Bélanger, Roxane
Advisor: Lussier, Patrick
Abstract: Sexual Exploitation is a complex international phenomenon with significant physical, psychological and social consequences for victims and survivors. It affects not only adults, but also minors, and females are particularly vulnerable. To date, descriptive and explanatory studies have addressed the phenomenon of sexual exploitation from the macro-sociological and feminist perspective. Thus, current knowledge about victimization script of sexual exploitation is limited and, therefore, early screening and detection for prevention are also limited. To overcome this limitation, the present research proposes to present the victimization script of sexual exploitation for this population. The current study is also concerned about the victim’s perceptions and cognitive trajectories that may play a role in shaping the script. The sample consists of 19 girls who received services from the Quebec’s Child Welfare system regarding a referral related to a situation of sexual exploitation. The analytic strategy includes a grounded theory approach of victim’s perceptions throughout their experience. The results allowed to describe victims identification, the recruitment and control strategies used by exploiters as well as the nature of the exploitation. The link between the victims’ cognitive patterns through the script steps and their evolution across sexual exploitation experiences is also presented. These findings highlight suitable situational prevention strategies and promising avenues of intervention according to the cognitive trajectory of the victims. This research contributes to the advancement of knowledge about victims of sexual exploitation, the context of this form of victimization, the theoretical approach to criminal scripts, and the interpersonal and cognitive behavioral script of sexual exploitation.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2019
Open Access Date: 22 January 2020
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/37889
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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