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NCJ Number: 221329 Find in a Library
Title: Denial and Minimization Among Sexual Offenders: Posttreatment Presentation and Association with Sexual Recidivism
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:35  Issue:1  Dated:January 2008  Pages:69-98
Author(s): Calvin M. Langton; Howard E. Barbaree; Leigh Harkins; Tamara Arenovich; Jim McNamee; Edward J. Peacock; Andrea Dalton; Kevin T. Hansen; Duyen Luong; Heidi Marcon
Date Published: January 2008
Page Count: 30
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Correctional Service
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P9, Canada
Ontario Mental Health Foundation
Toronto, Ontario M4V 1K9, Canada
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The study examined the relationship between sexual recidivism and posttreatment denial and minimization among sex offenders in Canada.
Abstract: A dichotomous variable reflecting denial and minimization failed to predict sexual recidivism in this study. However, among a subset of 102 sex offenders who received no additional treatment after completing an initial program, the interaction between actuarial risk and scores on a continuous measure of minimization predicted sexual recidivism. The study examined the relationship between sexual recidivism and posttreatment denial and minimization among 436 sex offenders followed up for an average period of more than 5 years. Treatment completion status and psychopathic traits, both established predictors of sexual recidivism also associated with denial and minimization, were included in survival analyses to remove their confounding influence on the focal relationships. The potential role of actuarial risk as a moderating variable was also investigated. Implications for assessment, particularly the need to move beyond dichotomous operationalizations of denial and minimization, and treatment were discussed. Tables, figure, notes, references (Author abstract modified for presentation)
Main Term(s): Canada; Recidivism prediction; Sex offenders
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Denial; Sex offender treatment; Sexual behavior; Treatment effectiveness
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