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The purpose of this review of literature is to synthesize the notable and relevant research and provide theoretical explanations available concerning rehabilitation of sex offenders. The paper concludes that that there is little sound evidence related to effective treatment of sexual offenders however, cognitive behavioral therapy and cognitive skills interventions have been noted in this study to be effective in treating sexual offenders who are incarcerated.
From the Paper:"The article entitled: "Psychological Interventions for Treatment of Adult Sex Offenders" published in the British Medical Journal states that "medical practitioners might assume from the volume of work published on treatment for sex offenders that clinically effective treatments are available. Indeed, psychological treatment is often mandated in the sentencing decision for sexual offenders. Yet the effectiveness of treatments is debated, and evidence for the efficacy of sex offender treatment programs is often too readily accepted uncritically." This article reports a study through the conduction of a Cochrane meta-analysis on the effects of such psychological interventions and states findings that "we found nine trials that were well conducted in terms of randomization, blinding, loss to follow-up and analysis. These included randomized controlled trails with a total of 567 male offenders, 231 of whom were followed up for a decade." (Brooks-Gordon, 2006) Results are stated to have indicated "...behavioral treatments were too small to be informative, although statistically significant improvements were recorded across some groups of offenders. "
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bilby, C, Brooks-Gordon, B and Wells, H (2006) A Systematic Review of Psychological Interventions for Sexual Offenders II: Quasi-experimental and Qualitative Data. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology Vol. 17, Issue 3 Sept 2006.
- Brooks-Gordon, B. (2006) Psychological Interventions for Treatment of Adult Sex Offenders. British Medical Journal 2006;333:5-6 (1 July).
- Bumby, Kurt (2008) Understanding Sex Offenders and Key Management Strategies. Center for Effective Public Policy - Center for Sex Offender Management. Submitted to the Senate Committee on Judiciary, State of Vermont, 29 Aug, 2008.
- Levenson, JS and Cotter, KP (2005) The Impact of Sex Offender Residence Restrictions: 1,000 Feet from Danger or One Step From Absurd? International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 49(2) 2005.
- Wakefield, H. and Underwager, R. (1991) Sex Offender Treatment Vol. 3. 1991. Institute for
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