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NCJ Number: 199852 Find in a Library
Title: Brief History of Behavioral and Cognitive Behavioral Approaches to Sexual Offenders: Part 1. Early Developments
Journal: Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment  Volume:15  Issue:2  Dated:April 2003  Pages:75-92
Author(s): D. R. Laws; W. L. Marshall
Date Published: April 2003
Page Count: 18
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: This is the first of two papers that outline the history of the development of behavioral and cognitive treatment of sexual offenders from the mid-1800’s to 1969.
Abstract: The authors begin by noting the historic contribution of Sigmund Freud in the development of a scientific interest in deviant sexual behavioral. By the 1900’s this interest had been well established as theories began to flourish about the etiology of deviant sexual behavior. By the mid-20th century, the theories of John B. Watson and Alfred Kinsey were prominent in the development of behavioral approaches to treatment. By the 1950’s, behavioral psychology was being utilized to treat a wide range of behavior problems and disorders, including deviant sexuality. The authors next discuss the development of penile plethysmography, which further focused attention on deviant sexual preferences and behaviors. While these advances in behavioral therapies were developing, so too were nonbehavioral approaches to the treatment of sexual offenders. In the late 1960’s, a combination of behavioral and cognitive behavioral treatments began to emerge, which ultimately led to the emergence of the sexual offender treatments seen today. References
Main Term(s): Sex offender treatment
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research; Cognitive therapy; Psychology
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