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Retraining Adult Sex Offenders - Methods and Models

NCJ Number
F H Knopp
Date Published
327 pages
This descriptive study of 10 treatment programs (both nonresidential and custodial) for adult sex offenders emphasizes that special treatment for males involved in rape, incest, and the nuisance offenses of exhibitionism and voyeurism is crucial.
An overview counters some common misconceptions about sex offenders and discusses their potential for changing sexually assaultive behaviors through remedial treatment. The book outlines 6 common treatment goals of the 10 programs, noting that they reflect the highly eclectic and multidisciplinary approach that is replacing the traditional psychiatric model of treatment. Areas examined in detail include physiological monitoring on the penile plethysmograph and use of the hormonal drug Depo-Provera. Criteria and guidelines for determining whether the offender can be placed in the community or needs a more structured residential setting are detailed. Two community-based models in the private sector are described. The next section weighs the advantages and disadvantages of various residential sex offender programs. Eight residential programs are described, ranging from a unique, privately owned, neighborhood-based house exclusively for sex offenders to part-time or total therapeutic communities lodged in minimum-, moderate-, and maximum- security institutions operated by corrections and mental health agencies. One program is the only one identified that serves the low-functioning sex offender. The appendixes contain lists of adult male sex offender treatment programs and services that will help States plan for these offenders, samples of treatment tools and procedural documents, training resources, and 13 references.