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NCJ Number: 135844 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluation of Treatment Outcome for Adult Perpetrators of Child Sexual Abuse
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:19  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1992)  Pages:74-92
Author(s): J V Becker; J A Hunter Jr
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 19
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews studies regarding treatment outcomes for adult male perpetrators sexual abuse and concludes that the majority of studies indicate relatively low recidivism rates for treated child molesters.
Abstract: Treatment methods include biological and organic treatments with hormones or other methods, group therapies, family therapy, and behavioral treatment. Although the studies have methodological problems, they show relatively low recidivism rates. Further research should use long-term follow-up periods, because the data indicate that the longer the follow-up period the more likely the offender is to recidivate. In addition, research should focus on which types of treatment are most effective for certain client characteristics. Finally, program planning should recognize the need for a continuum care, including follow-up services and long-term legal monitoring to ensure compliance with therapeutic directives. 39 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Services effectiveness; Sex offender treatment
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Treatment offender matching
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