skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 152524 Find in a Library
Title: Plethysmograph and Sex Offender Treatment: What an American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) Member Needs To Know To Help Educate
Author(s): W R Farrall
Corporate Author: Farrall Instruments, Inc.
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Farrall Instruments, Inc.
Grand Island, NE 68802
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Farrall Instruments, Inc.
P.O. Box 1037
Grand Island, NE 68802
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Directed to professional sex educators and therapists, this paper explains the nature, accuracy, and ethical use of the plethysmograph in sex offender treatment.
Abstract: Common myths about sex offenders are that treatment is ineffective, that the plethysmograph is a sexual lie detector, and that people can fake responses. In fact, the plethysmograph is being used in 400 programs that treat sex offenders and makes it possible to learn the sexual interests of males and females. One of its uses is in confronting the offender's denial. Another advantage rests on the knowledge that as many as 30 percent of the victims are situational rather than being the most desired person; therefore, the plethysmograph is useful in following the progress of therapy. If behavior change is taking place, the arousal to deviant stimuli should diminish and the arousal to appropriate stimuli (consenting adult) should increase. Case examples, figures, and 13 references
Main Term(s): Sex offender treatment
Index Term(s): Court procedures; Professional conduct and ethics; Sex offenders
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.