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NCJ Number: 169159 Find in a Library
Title: Treatment Successes With Mentally Retarded Sex Offenders
Journal: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation  Volume:23  Issue:3/4  Dated:special issue (1996)  Pages:125-141
Author(s): D Nolley; L Muccigrosso; E Zigman
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 17
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Eight mentally retarded men residing in the community were enrolled in treatment that extended across home and workplace; all had been referred to treatment through their case management agency because of culturally unacceptable sexual behaviors, and five had been jailed for alleged sex offenses.
Abstract: After 3 years, the major result of treatment was that no other sex offenses were committed. All the men remained outside of institutional confinement subsequent to beginning treatment. Collateral, positive benefits of treatment also included successes in culturally normative relationship formation, improvements in adaptive skills, movement to less restrictive living environments, and successful treatment of other diagnoses. Treatment elements consisted of individual therapy and individual education in sexuality, culturally appropriate social skills, and assertiveness; group therapy that combined education and therapy; coordination therapy and educational services with family or day care providers; and consultation with day program/vocational training agency staff. All the educational and therapeutic tools used were easily available from commercial sources. Personal and societal forces that result in sexual misbehavior are discussed. 29 references and 1 table
Main Term(s): Sexual assault victims
Index Term(s): Group therapy; Mental disorders; Mentally ill offenders; Offenders with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities; Sex offender treatment; Sexual behavior; Social skills training
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