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NCJ Number: 158138 Find in a Library
Title: Treating Intellectually Disabled Sex Offenders
Journal: Forum on Corrections Research  Volume:7  Issue:3  Dated:September 1995  Pages:30-33
Author(s): D. P. Boer; J. Dorward; C. M. Gauthier; D. R. Watson
Date Published: September 1995
Page Count: 4
Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Program Description (Demonstrative)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This article describes the Northstar Program, implemented in a Canadian regional prison health center to treat mentally retarded sex offenders.
Abstract: Intellectually disabled sex offenders are characterized by lower intellectual functioning than normal offenders; up to 74 percent of intellectually disabled sex offenders may have organic brain syndrome as a result of brain injury. This subgroup of sex offenders presents a broad range of programs and treatment needs, stemming from their impulsive and opportunistic behavior, use of instrumental violence, low self-esteem, and poor social skills. The Northstar program combines individual sessions, behavioral therapies, medical interventions, adjunctive therapies, and group therapy modules that cover sex education, goals, communications, personal concerns, anger management, disclosure, sexual deviancy, and identification of feelings. 1 table and 6 notes
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Canada; Offenders with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities; Program design; Sex offender treatment; Special needs offenders; Victims of Crime
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