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Chin-Keung Li, also known as C.K. Li (birth-date unknown), is Senior Clinical Psychologist in the United Kingdom. For his PhD research, Dr. Li conducted one of the then-few non-forensic / non-clinical research projects on the self-perception of self-identified pedophiles. Conducting research from summer 1983 to the end of 1986 at the University of Cambridge, the project was supported by three separate research grants under the supervision of Cambridge Criminologist Donald West, with Li giving their thanks to Ken Plummer for their "helpful comments" on the research. Li's dissertation was published in the book Children’s sexual encounters with adults: a scientific study (1990 / 1993 - available as PDF online).[1][2]

As a summary of Li's dissertation explained,[3] Li compared the arguments and perspectives on consent offered by Thomas O'Carroll in his Paedophilia: The Radical Case (1980)[4] book, and CSA researcher David Finkelhor's classic article What's wrong with sex between adults and children? (1979).[5] Li finds flaws in each and proposes a compromise between the two perspectives. Sociologist Richard Yuill wrote of his Li's thesis:

Li (1990: 146-180) highlights significant methodological and theoretical problems with CSA research. He criticises Finkelhor's four-factor model of ‘traumagenic dynamics’ in CSA for obfuscation, by casually and uncritically constructing ‘thing-like entities that could cause harm to children’, whilst giving the impression that the harmful effects derived from such dynamics are objectively grounded, rather than attempts to reinforce an ideological stance (p. 169). Secondly, Li argues that CSA findings are mediated through a victimological labelling process, which creates the potential for a ‘self-fulfilling potential’ of iatrogenesis, or induced symptoms created by the medical profession, whereby respondents construe their experiences in a particular way (often negatively) after participating in CSA research (p. 177-178).[6]

Based on this community sample, Li also contributed to the famous scholarly compendium on "Intergenerational Intimacy" (1991), published as a special issue in the Journal of Homosexuality,[7] with guest editors Theo Sandfort, Edward Brongersma, and Alex Van Naerssen, and a foreword by Gunter Schmidt. Li's article is titled "The Main Thing Is Being Wanted": Some Case Studies on Adult Sexual Experiences with Children, and can be read easily online.[8]

References

  1. Donald J. West, T.P. Woodhouse, and C.K. Li., Children’s sexual encounters with adults: a scientific study (London: Duckworth, 1990; Buffalo, New York: Prometheus Books, 1993).
  2. For a review of the book, see King (1991).
  3. https://www.mhamic.org/sources/li1.htm
  4. Thomas O’Carroll, Paedophilia: The Radical Case (London: Peter Owen Publishers, 1980), available online at: <https://www.ipce.info/host/radicase/radical_new_cleaned1.pdf>
  5. Finkelhor, What's wrong with sex between adults and children?, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, vol. 49, 1979, pp. 692-697. (Summary).
  6. Richard Yuill, ‘A Critical Analysis of Subjectivist-Based Theorising and Research on Male Intergenerational Sexualities’, (published online as HTML: date unspecified), available at: <http://web.archive.org/web/20201021161456/http://williamapercy.com/wiki/index.php?title=A_Critical_Analysis_of_Subjectivist-Based_Theorising_and_Research_on_Male_Intergenerational_Sexualities>
  7. "Intergenerational Intimacy" (1991) special issue.
  8. Chin-Keung Li, "The Main Thing Is Being Wanted": Some Case Studies on Adult Sexual Experiences with Children’, in Journal of Homosexuality, 20:1-2, (1991) 129-143. IPCE link to full-text.