MAPs Wanted for Study on Identity

B4U-ACT is collaborating with Mary Morris, a student researcher at Adler University, to support a study on the development and understanding of sexual identities of minor-attracted people. English-speaking minor-attracted people are invited to participate in an audio-only interview on this topic.
Potential participants are asked to contact the researcher at the following email address:
identitystudy@protonmail.com
The following is a message from the researcher with more information about the study:

My name as Mary Morris and I am a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Adler University, in Vancouver, Canada. As part of my degree, I am studying the way that minor-attracted persons develop and understand their sexual identity. I am also looking at the emotional side of that, especially emotions like shame, guilt, and pride. I hope that my research will help mental health professionals support MAPs better. My research is supervised by Dr. Michael Sheppard.

I am looking for participants for this study.

You are able to participate in the study if:

  • You are 19 or older
  • • You experience sexual and/or romantic attraction to minors (minors are children who haven’t gone through puberty, or teens who are going through puberty)
  • • You are comfortable speaking and reading English
  • • You want to talk about your sexual identity, how you feel about it now, and how you have felt about it in the past
  • • You have two hours to talk to me about your experiences
  • • You are comfortable using Zoom (it will be audio-only)

You should not participate in this study if:

  • • You know the student researcher
  • • You currently experience severe distress related to your minor attraction and think that talking to me would make it worse (e.g., talking about minor attraction with me would move you from a 6/10 level of distress to an 8/10 level of distress).

Mary Morris
Student Researcher, Doctor of Clinical Psychology Program
Adler University (Vancouver Campus)
Email : identitystudy@protonmail.com  


Further information and email links are available in the poster below: (Click to view as pdf)

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MAPs Wanted for Study on Self-Management of Attraction, Disclosure and Help Seeking

People self-identifying as minor-attracted persons are being asked to participate in research being conducted by Dr. Rebecca Lievesley and Dr. Craig Harper at Nottingham Trent University, with consultation from B4U-ACT. The research includes two separate surveys, which are described in greater detail below.
Here is a message from Dr. Lievesley, the principal investigator for this research, with further information:

Hi,

I’m Rebecca, a senior lecturer and researcher at Nottingham Trent University in the UK.  My colleague, Craig Harper, and I are currently recruiting participants for two surveys – one looking at self management of sexual attraction, and the second looking at help seeking and disclosure. Further details and the links are below.

Survey 1 overview:
This anonymous survey is looking at self-management of attraction. It asks questions about your sexual attractions, behaviours and wellbeing. It does not ask for any identifiable information and does not record IP addresses so the responses cannot be traced back to you. It will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.  The link to the survey is below – the first page provides full information about the study and then you can choose whether or not to take part.
https://ntupsychology.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dhiF46JW2aa7roy

Survey 2 overview: 
This anonymous survey is looking at disclosure and help seeking. It asks questions about your sexual attractions, and your experiences of disclosing your sexual attraction to others and seeking any support related to your attraction, as well as questions around wellbeing. It does not ask for any identifiable information and does not record IP addresses so the responses cannot be traced back to you. It will take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete.  The link to the survey is below – the first page provides full information about the study and then you can choose whether or not to take part.  
https://ntupsychology.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0oAdI4gB98MdJwW

If you have any questions please email me on Rebecca.Lievesley@ntu.ac.uk. Please also feel free to share and post elsewhere. 

Thank you, 

Rebecca 


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MAPs wanted for study on barriers and facilitators in accessing professional support

B4U-ACT is collaborating with researchers at the University of Houston-Victoria to support a study on experiences of accessing professional support among MAPs. Minor-attracted people who have never engaged in illegal sexual activities involving minors are invited to participate via an anonymous audio-only interview.
Potential participants can reach the research team at the following email address: Nopresearch@uhv.edu
Here is additional information from the research team:

Research project title: Barriers and facilitators in accessing professional support for MAPs who have not engaged in illegal sexual activities involving minors

Research team University of Houston Victoria: Dr Rebecca Heron, Dr Karen Parsonson & Dr Sara Zedaker, Brittany Proctor

The aim of this research is to explore MAPs’ (minor attracted persons) experiences of accessing professional support. Our research focuses on MAPs who have never engaged in illegal sexual activities involving minors.  We aim to find out more about the barriers and facilitators which these MAPs experience and perceive when accessing support. As a result of this research, we hope to improve other MAP’s experiences of accessing professional support, and to also educate professionals on how they can make this process easier.

You are invited to participate in this research study as you have identified as a member of this support group and are over the age of 18. In participating in this research, you agree to an interview, whereby you will be asked questions about your experiences/perceptions of finding and accessing professional support, and even if you have not, you are still invited to take part. 

This interview will last for around one hour and will be held on skype via audio so your identity will not be revealed. Participants will also be encouraged to use a false name, in order to further conceal their identity. Interviews will be transcribed (with no identifying information) and then the audio recordings destroyed. Data will be combined and the main themes from the interviews will be written up into a report, which will be shared publicly to inform other professionals on how to best support Minor Attracted Persons. However, within this report, no identifiable information will be shared and so all participants will remain completely anonymous. 

We hope that this research will inform professionals on how they can better help and support Minor Attracted Persons. Although these interviews are strictly confidential, please note the researcher will have a duty to report any information to the appropriate authorities, if they believe that the participant is at risk or anyone else’s safety is at risk. For example, if a participant discloses an unreported criminal offence or their own mental health or safety being at risk. 

Thank you so much for your consideration in participating in this research. This research is very important and we hope that this project will have a positive impact reducing stigma and helping Minor Attracted Person to come forward and access professional support when they need it.

To engage in this research or to find out more information, please email the following research address: Nopresearch@uhv.edu and interviews will be scheduled from there.

Thanks very much,

Research team (University of Houston Victoria).


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MAPs wanted for study on online social support forums

B4U-ACT is collaborating with researchers investigating social support in online forums for minor-attracted people. If you are a MAP who meets the study requirements, please consider participating.
Here is additional information from the research team:

Hello,

We are a team of researchers looking for Minor Attracted Persons (MAPs) with a sexual attraction to pre-pubescent and/or pubescent children to take part in a study on the use of online forums and online social support.

As a participant, you would be asked to complete an anonymous online survey (hosted by soscisurvey.de) that asks about your use of online forums specific to those with sexual attraction to children, and the impact of these forums on your wellbeing.

You will NOT be asked about past or present sexual behaviour. 

You are eligible to participate if you are 18 years or older and if you identify as an MAP who is sexually attracted to pre-pubescent and/or pubescent children.

Participation is voluntary and would take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Interested in participating? Please visit  https://www.soscisurvey.de/OnlineSocialSupport/?r=F1

Investigators: 
Dr. Michael Seto
Director, Forensic Research Unit
The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research
michael.seto@theroyal.ca

Kailey Roche, PhD Student
Department of Psychology
Carleton University
kaileyroche@cmail.carleton.ca

This study has been reviewed by The Royal’s Research Ethics Board (#2021-001)


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Announcing the B4U-ACT Quarterly Review (B4QR)

This week, we were pleased to announce the first issue of the B4U-ACT Quarterly Review (B4QR), which is available here.


Four times per year, B4QR will publish short critical summaries of new research concerning minor-attracted people. The first issue covers eight studies published between October and December 2020, on topics ranging from the categorization of mental disorders, to the current state of research on child-like sex dolls, and much more.

We’d like to extend special thanks to our committee members for this inaugural issue, Kailey Roche, Maria Sklavou and Max Geradt, as well as to Maggie Ingram for agreeing to be the first honored young scholar for the “Meet the New Generation” section of the journal.

Further issues and updates about B4QR will continue to be available on this site.

We hope you enjoy, and find the journal informative and helpful!


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Call for survey participation for a study on “Better Therapy for People who are attracted to Children”

B4U-ACT is collaborating with a psychology research team from Finland, Canada, and the UK. The survey takes about 10-20 minutes to complete.
Here is additional information from the research team.

Aim of the study: This survey examines therapy-related attitudes, thoughts, and experiences among men and women who are sexually attracted to children. We are aware that many people with a sexual interest in children do not seek or need professional help. Please note that you do not have to have been in therapy or to have had psychological symptoms requiring therapy in order to participate in this research.

Content: The questions will pertain to:

  • 1)  your sexual interests
  • 2)  attitudes towards therapy
  • 3)  prior treatment experiences (if applicable)
  • 4)  your preferred labels
  • 5)  mental health, stigma-related experiences, and well-being

We will also ask for your age, sex, gender identity, years of schooling, and previous convictions for sexual offenses. This is necessary to explore whether different groups of individuals in the population show different patterns of responses. Note that the survey does not contain questions about undetected sexual offenses.

Participant rights and anonymity: Your participation is voluntary and choosing not to take part will not have any consequences for you. The survey is completely anonymous. We will not ask for information that renders you personally identifiable, such as your name or your address. If you decide to take part, you are free to withdraw from the study at any time and without giving a reason. Please note that due to anonymization it is not possible to delete your data. All survey questions that you are not comfortable answering can be skipped, unless they refer to your gender or levels of sexual attraction to people from different age groups. Please do not share information that could make you identifiable or that could lead to criminal investigations. Note that we are required to act in accordance with the Finish law and may have to report information about undetected offenses to the police.

What happens to the information: The research team will analyze the data and publish the results in scientific outlets. The data will not be shared publicly, but may be made available to other researchers for the purpose of re-analysis upon request.

Benefits and risks of participation: The results will inform the development of an English-language website directed at people with sexual interests in children who are seeking information about mental health services. Some questions may cause discomfort or embarrassment because they pertain to your sexual preferences, mental health, and negative prior experiences in therapy (if applicable).

Data protection: Your privacy is protected by the server www.soscisurvey.de (no storage of IP addresses; use of SSL encryption with a signed certificate; server is secured against unauthorized access according to common standards; access to the server is SSH-encrypted; the questionnaires do not use any cookies). Should you have any further questions about data protection you may contact the Principal Investigator Sara Jahnke (sara.jahnke@abo.fi) or the Data Protection Officer of the Åbo Akademi University (dataskydd@abo.fi).”

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A PDF version of our MAP Research Summary now available!

For some time now, we have had on our website a (non-comprehensive) summary of research concerning MAPs. The summary is divided into key topics, and each topic comes with a list of relevant publications. In its current form, however, the summary cannot easily be accessed in its entirety. One needs to navigate through multiple webpages to read the complete summary.

To make things easier, we created a PDF document that contains the same information, but in a more reader-friendly format.

You can access the document by clicking here.

To download the the document, go to this page and click on the Download button.

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Our https site is back up after a technical problem

A minor technical problem made the HTTPS version of our website inaccessible for a few days, which is why you may have received a warning message when trying to access our website. Please know that the problem has been fixed and should not happen again. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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A great podcast about our referral program

If you are considering joining our list of therapists and would like to learn more about our referral program, the following podcast should interest you. As part of his “A MAPs Journey” podcast series, Elliott MAP interviews Michael from B4U-ACT. They discuss everything you might want to know about our list and referral program.

You can access the podcast by clicking on the image below:

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