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Title: Conduct of Socially Sensitive Research: Sex Offenders as Participants
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:21  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1994)  Pages:325-340
Author(s): K J Hall; C A Osborn
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: MH42035
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines some extra-research variables inherent in conducting community-based research with child molesters and other sex offenders; these include issues such as informed consent with court-referred participants, confidentiality when interagency collaboration is necessary, and duty to take proper care.
Abstract: The issues are discussed in the context of a controlled group outcome study on the effectiveness of two methods of community-based treatment for child molesters. The project's design called for two treatment approaches: behavioral therapy, rational-emotive therapy, and relapse prevention or rational-emotive therapy only. The researchers addressed methods for establishing the scientific credibility of the project, responding to client grievances, dealing with client crises, and protecting personnel and the surrounding community. The discussion concludes that the procedures recommended in the context of this research project as an important step in ensuring the viability of other socially sensitive research projects. Chart, notes, and 14 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Research design; Research methods; Sex offenders
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