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NCJ Number: 209924 Find in a Library
Title: Treatment Effectiveness for Male Adolescent Sexual Offenders: A Meta-Analysis and Review
Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:13  Issue:3/4  Dated:2004  Pages:281-293
Author(s): Donald F. Walker; Shannon K. McGovern; Evelyn L. Poey; Kathryn E. Otis
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 13
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reports on a meta-analysis of 10 studies that assessed the effectiveness of treatments for male juvenile sexual offenders (JSOs).
Abstract: Studies selected for the meta-analysis were derived from major reviews of the literature, literature searches in both the PsychInfo and Dissertation Abstracts International databases, Internet searches, and electronic mail sent to organizations and individuals identified in the Internet search who had produced unpublished reports on treatments of JSOs. The 10 studies that contained outcome measures of interest were coded for the analysis by using several categories suggested by Rosenthal (1991): type of treatment, therapist qualifications, mortality rate within the treatment group, mortality rate within the control group, type of publication, and outcome measure. Measures of treatment effectiveness have included recidivism rates, self-report measures, and the measurement of the JSOs arousal while exposed to sexual stimuli such as audio or videotapes. Overall, the results of the evaluations of the JSO treatment program showed them to be generally effective. Studies that used self-report measures of outcome obtained a 6-percent higher effect size than studies that used measures of arousal in response to deviant stimuli, and a 22-percent higher effect size than studies that used actual recidivism rates. Treatments that used cognitive-behavioral therapy were the most effective. Based on this finding, the authors recommend this treatment for JSOs. This approach focuses on identifying and reducing deviant sexual arousal and behavior through the development of social skills, problem solving, and anger management, along with empathy. 1 table and 35 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile Sex Offenders
Index Term(s): Cognitive therapy; Juvenile treatment methods; Male juvenile delinquents; Sex offender treatment; Treatment effectiveness
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