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 15-20 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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MAPs wanted for study on mental health, self-esteem, and social support

Maggie Ingram, a doctoral student at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Mental Health, is looking for MAP volunteers to participate in a study on mental health and well-being. Here is a message from Maggie:

Thank you for your interest in our study! We are interested in learning about the mental health and social support of individuals who are attracted to children. Participation involves taking a confidential, anonymous, online survey, which consists of both multiple choice and short-answer questions. The survey typically takes 35 minutes to complete. No personally identifiable information, including IP addresses, will be collected. We will not ask about illegal behavior, and we will not collect any reportable information.

To be eligible for participation, you must

  1. be 18 years of age or older
  2. self-identify as attracted to children 13 years of age or younger (may also be attracted to older children and/or adults)
  3. have no history of sexual contact with a person under the age of 18 (when you were 18+ AND more than 3 years older than the other person)

If you are eligible and interested in participating, please follow this link to the survey, which includes the consent form: https://jhsph.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9MNqrnaht1V9ECV


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to the study team at mentalhealthsocial@jhmi.edu


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Introducing the B4U-ACT Newsletter

B4U-ACT is pleased to announce the publication of the first issue of our new newsletter. We hope this newsletter will keep readers informed about our projects and activities promoting objective research and compassionate therapeutic care that meets the needs of minor-attracted adolescents and adults. Our Summer 2020 issue includes an update on current projects and an extensive interview with a doctoral student conducting cutting-edge research on relationships, resiliency, and parenting intentions among MAPs. Click here to access the newsletter.

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MAPs wanted for study on conceptualizations of pedophilia

“A Social Constructionist Approach to Paedophilia, Child Sexual Abuse and Relevant Preventative Policy-Making: A Comparison between the USA, the UK and Germany”

My name is Maria Sklavou and I am doing my PhD at the University of Sheffield in the UK. My research is looking into conceptualizations of paedophilia, child sexual abuse and relevant implications for policy-making in the USA, the UK and Germany. This study hopes to challenge the stigmatizing narratives about paedophilia and child sexual abuse on a comparative level.

I am looking for MAPs willing to participate in this research. Participants should:
– be over 18 years of age;
– be minor attracted persons, and
– be involved in a relevant organization (such as B4U-ACT) and/ or have experience with doing therapy in relation to their attraction.

If you agree to participate, you will be asked to keep a diary. The diary can be written or audio-recorded, depending on what you prefer. I will give you some topics that I would like you to consider when keeping your diary: these will be relevant to your attraction and your experiences with therapy. However, you will also be able to add things that you find relevant and important.

The whole process has 3 phases and spans across 3 weeks (1 phase per week), but it is not time-intensive. Each week, you will only have to make one diary entry (but it can be more frequent, if you want to). I understand that you may be very busy and have other priorities, so the timeframe will be flexible and adjustable to your schedule. The diaries are intended to give you the opportunity to express yourselves freely and without judgement. Anything you write or record will be kept completely confidential.

If you are interested in participating, please get in touch with me at: msklavou1@sheffield.ac.uk. I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Thank you for your time!

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2019 Accomplishments

During 2019, with the support of our generous donors, B4U-ACT has:

  1. Held a one-day workshop on “Compassionate and Informed Approaches for Supporting Minor-Attracted People,” highlighting three therapeutic models: Compassion-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and the Berlin Dissexuality Therapy (Dunkelfeld) Program. The workshop was attended by 45 therapists, researchers, graduate students, and MAPs.
  2. Held twelve teleconferences on therapy for MAPs, attended by therapists, researchers, graduate students, and MAPs.
  3. Collaborated with researchers on seven studies on the mental health of MAPs, by assisting them in the development of their research foci, interview protocols, and/or survey questions, and/or by recruiting subjects for their studies.
  4. Established an email group for researchers who study mental health issues of MAPs. The group currently consists of 36 members.
  5. Increased the number of therapists on our referral list, and continued to refer MAPs to them.
  6. Began work on a review of the Berlin Dissexuality Therapy program and a document on sexual health for MAPs.
  7. Continued its two online support groups: one for MAPs and one for friends and family members of MAPs

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