A qualitative investigation of the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and hands-on versus hands-off sexual offences against children
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have been found to be associated with delinquent behaviour, including sexual offending. However, not everyone who commits sexual offences has experienced childhood adversity, and many people who have had adverse childhood experiences do not commit sexual offences. The primary goal of this study is to gain a better understanding of the relationship between ACEs (or lack thereof) and sexual offending against children, as well as possible protective factors that may help explain why some people with ACEs does not engage in criminal activities as an adult. The study involves being interviewed by a research coordinator for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.
18 to 60 years
ACEs are defined as recurring childhood experiences that a person perceives as being considerably harmful to them and which they found distressing (either now or at the time).
The Royal's Institute of Mental Health Research, affiliated with the University of Ottawa
1145 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON
Dave Holmes, PhD
*This study is currently recruiting participants