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ERIC Number: EJ1027218
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 12
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ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Men with Intellectual Disabilities Who Have Attended Sex Offender Treatment Groups: A Follow-up
Heaton, Kathryn M.; Murphy, Glynis H.
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v26 n5 p489-500 Sep 2013
Background: There have been a number of studies of treatment for men with intellectual disabilities and sexually abusive behaviour but few follow-up studies. Our aim was to follow up men with intellectual disabilities who had attended group cognitive behavioural treatment (CBT) for sexually abusive behaviour. Method Thirty-four men (from seven treatment sites) were followed up. All had attended SOTSEC-ID groups. The mean length of follow-up, since the end of the treatment group, was 44 months (SD 28.7, range 15-106 months). Results: The statistically significant improvements in sexual knowledge, empathy and cognitive distortions that occurred during treatment were maintained at follow-up. In all, 11 of the 34 (32%) men showed further sexually abusive behaviour, but only two of these men received convictions. Analyses of the variables associated with further sexually abusive behaviour indicated that a diagnosis of autism was associated with a higher likelihood of further sexually abusive behaviour. Conclusions: This study provides some evidence of the longer-term effectiveness of group CBT for men with intellectual disabilities and sexually abusive behaviour.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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