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NCJ Number: 164135 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluating the Contribution of Relapse Prevention Theory to the Treatment of Sexual Offenders
Journal: Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment  Volume:8  Issue:3  Dated:(July 1996)  Pages:201-208
Author(s): R K Hanson
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 8
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper considers the contribution of Relapse Prevention (RP) Theory to the treatment of sexual offenders.
Abstract: In the last 10 years, RP has been adopted as the most popular framework for the treatment of sexual offenders. Although RP is conceptually similar to other forms of cognitive/behavior therapy, it has made an important contribution by focusing therapists' attention on the problem of long-term recidivism. In RP, posttreatment behavioral deterioration is not considered evidence that sexual offenders are untreatable; instead, lapses are considered as expected and solvable problems. There are certain difficulties, however, with the application of RP to the treatment of sexual offenders. In some cases, RP has been interpreted so generally that it has had little real influence on pre-existing practices. Also, it is not clear how some of the most distinctive concepts of RP (e.g., lapse/relapse, abstinence violation effect) should be applied to sexual offenders. Special efforts may also be required to convince sexual offenders that they are at risk before they are able to benefit from RP interventions. 41 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Crime causes theory; Crime specific countermeasures; Recidivism causes; Sex offender treatment; Sex offenders; Sex offense causes; Sex offenses; Sexual behavior
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