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NCJ Number: 222377 Find in a Library
Title: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Interventions with Sex Offenders
Journal: Journal of Correctional Health Care  Volume:14  Issue:2  Dated:April 2008  Pages:109-121
Author(s): Aviva Moster M.A.; Dorota W. Wnuk M.A.; Elizabeth L. Jeglic Ph.D.
Date Published: April 2008
Page Count: 13
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews the current research in cognitive behavioral techniques for the treatment of sex offenders and provides guidelines for treatment providers.
Abstract: The sexual offender population is increasing and most of these offenders will eventually be released into the community without having received any treatment. Although sexual recidivism is a problem that can never be solved, there are very promising ways in which its impact on both the community and the offender can be reduced. Preliminary evidence suggests that treatment using cognitive behavioral techniques (CBT) decreases subsequent sex offender recidivism. Cognitive behavioral interventions based on the principles of risk, needs, and responsibilities are the most common forms of treatment used with sex offenders. CBT has consistently been inherently proven as an effective treatment for a myriad of mental illnesses and problems. CBT interventions are comprehensive and effectual treatments for this population and should be considered best practice for treatment with sexual offenders. Certain components are included in almost all cognitive behavioral interventions for sex offenders. These include the treatment of cognitive distortions, the teaching of empathy and social skills, and the implementation of emotion management and relapse prevention. Additionally, some programs incorporate elements of anger management and deviant sexual arousal. References
Main Term(s): Sex offender treatment; Sex offenders
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Behavioral and Social Sciences; Behavioral science research; Cognitive therapy
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