HDR Confirmation Seminar: Bricklyn Priebe - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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HDR Confirmation Seminar: Bricklyn Priebe

We would like to invite you to attend the Confirmation Seminar of Bricklyn Priebe, a Master of Arts candidate in the School of Law and Society.

Thesis Title: 

Best-practice approaches to rehabilitation and reintegration of females who have perpetrated child sexual abuse: An international study investigating professionals' perceptions of 'what works'.


While research into female-perpetrated child sexual abuse (CSA) has historically been lacking, investigation into the motivations, offending patterns, past experiences, and treatment/reintegration of female child sexual offenders (FCSO) is now emerging. Currently, approaches to correctional treatment and reintegration of FCSO remains under-studied, and many Western countries follow a male-centric model with the assumption that this approach will also be effective for females. However, there are significant differences in the offending patterns of male child sexual offenders (MCSO) and FCSO, especially in relation to past experiences of victimisation and how these experiences may influence later perpetration and motivations for abuse.

While there are several positive and inclusive programs to address female-perpetrated CSA across the globe, there are also numerous limitations with current strategies, including mixing of offender categories/genders within treatment, and male-centric risk assessment tools not yet validated on females. The primary aim of this research is to identify the characteristics of efficacious treatment and produce a greater understanding of how therapeutic measures can be improved for FCSO. By extension, it is expected that improved approaches to treatment/reintegration will help to prevent future abuse of children, as well as minimise general recidivism by females.

To achieve this, this exploratory research uses a mixed-methodology deployed over two phases: questionnaires (Phase 1) and interviews (Phase 2). The research aims to gather professional perceptions of individuals working within corrections-based environments, recruited across six different Western countries: Australia, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Norway. This research will enhance current understanding of some of the key design and implementation considerations when developing rehabilitation programs and reintegration services for FCSO globally.

We look forward to seeing you there!