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NCJ Number: 209917 Find in a Library
Title: Treatment of Juveniles Who Sexually Offend: An Overview
Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:13  Issue:3/4  Dated:2004  Pages:125-138
Author(s): Jill Efta-Breitbach; Kurt A. Freeman
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 14
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article provides an introduction to the literature on the treatment of juvenile sex offenders (JSOs), noting at the outset that there are few empirical studies that have examined the treatments described.
Abstract: The primary goal of sexual offender therapy is for offenders to reintegrate into society as productive individuals. This article lists the National Adolescent Perpetrator Network's (1988) 19 issues that should be addressed in the treatment of JSOs. Although a JSO may be the identified client in need of treatment, many others are also typically involved in the treatment in some way. In the research literature, there are no indications that JSOs in treatment were self-referred; therefore, involvement of referral sources and other parties complicates the development of a positive working alliance with JSOs. This article identifies some of these parties and how they may be involved in treatment. Existing research literature suggests a comprehensive treatment program that consists of a variety of therapeutic interventions used simultaneously. Research has identified the primary interventions practiced across treatment settings as consisting of a combination of various cognitive-behavioral techniques as well as psychoeducational and pharmacological/biological interventions. The modalities include individual, family, and group therapy settings, as well as inpatient settings. One of the most recent meta-analyses on the effectiveness of JSO treatments suggests that cognitive-behavioral treatments and systemic interventions are associated with a reduction in both sexual and nonsexual recidivism. 37 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile Sex Offenders
Index Term(s): Juvenile treatment methods; Sex offender treatment; Treatment effectiveness
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