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Perceptions of Sex Offenders About Treatment

March 2009:

Surveying the views of sex offender clients can help ensure that treatment is relevant and responsive to client needs. The purpose of this exploratory study is to elicit sex offender clients' perceptions of their experiences in treatment in order to better understand the components of treatment perceived to be helpful in preventing reoffense. Samples (N = 338) of male sex offenders in outpatient group therapy are found to be generally satisfied with treatment services and have positive perceptions of treatment effectiveness. Offenders in treatment value the role of group therapy, and they find accountability, victim empathy, relapse prevention, and "good lives" concepts to be most helpful in managing their behavior. Their engagement in group therapy is assessed using the Group Engagement Measure, and a positive correlation is found between engagement and treatment satisfaction. Eliciting client opinions about the helpfulness of program content and process, and adjusting treatment protocols accordingly, is consistant with the principles of risk, need, and responsivity, a model recommended for therapeutic interventions with criminal offenders.

Levenson, J. S., Macgowan, M. J., Morin, J. W., Cotter, L. P. (2009). Perceptions of Sex Offenders About Treatment. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 21, No. 1, 35-56 (2009)

For the remainder of this paper: by Jill S. Levenson, Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida, jlevenson@lynn.edu -AND- Mark J. Macgowan, Florida International University, Miami -AND- John W. Morin, Center for Offender Rehabilitation & Education, Fort Lauderdale, Florida -AND- Leo P. Cotter, SHARE Program, Tampa, Florida

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