Sexual grooming of children: review of literature and theoretical considerations

Craven, S. , Brown, S.J. and Gilchrist, E. (2006) Sexual grooming of children: review of literature and theoretical considerations. Journal of Sexual Aggression, volume 12 (3): 287-299

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The current review aims to outline the existing understanding of sexual grooming. Issues of poor definition, the adoption of the term “grooming” and the prevalence of sexual grooming will be discussed. Consideration will be given to how prominent theories of child sexual abuse often neglect sexual grooming. This will be followed by a detailed account of the existing knowledge within the literature. Three types of sexual grooming were thus identified: self-grooming, grooming the environment and significant others and grooming the child. Based on these findings, a new definition of sexual grooming is suggested. Furthermore, the findings correspond well with current models of the sexual offence process. A more comprehensive understanding of sexual grooming is required to facilitate a preventative approach to child protection.


Item TypeArticle
TitleSexual grooming of children: review of literature and theoretical considerations
AuthorsCraven, S.
Brown, S.J. (profile-link for Brown, Sarah J.)
Gilchrist, E.
Uncontrolled Keywordschild sexual abuse, crime, sex crimes, sexually abused children, sexual grooming
Departments Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences/Forensic Psychology and Law Applied Research Group
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ISSN1742-6545 (online) 1355-2600 (paper)
RAE2008Law (38)
Publisher statementThis is an electronic version of an article published in the Journal of Sexual Aggression Vol. 12 (3) 287-299. The Journal of Sexual Aggression is available online at informaworldTM (
Deposited on 17-Jun-2010 in Research - Coventry.
Last modified on 19-Sep-2016