Rehabilitation of Sex Offenders

1113 WordsJun 18, 20185 Pages
There are several identifiable psychological factors that increase the likelihood an individual will demonstrate deviant sexual behavior. One of the most important contributing factors is physical or sexual abuse endured as a child. According to Becerra-García, García-León and Egan (2012), sex offenders are twice as likely to report being sexually, emotionally, or physically abused as a child in comparison to other offenders. There are also other factors besides abuse that must be taken into consideration. A recent study on female sex offenders by Roe-Sepowitz and Krysik (2008) states, “the data reveal that many of the 118 female juvenile sex offenders came from chaotic and disorganized families and had poor parental supervision and…show more content…
There is a misconception that therapy is essentially a way to get offenders out of prison quick and be their friend in prison. Therapy sessions should not be confused with support and sympathy of the sex offender’s behavior (Fernandez, 2006, p. 188). The ideal approach should encourage prosocial behavior with firm boundaries and avoid conflict with offenders. Evaluation of Long-Term Effectiveness and Future Outlook Today, there is still much debate over the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; however, most researchers agree that the therapy is effective. According to Beck Institute, “Cognitive behavior therapy is one of the few forms of psychotherapy that has been scientifically tested and found to be effective in hundreds of clinical trials for many different disorders”. The therapy is more of a long-term solution for the individual seeking treatment because it provides them with skills that they may apply to their daily lives. Throughout the therapy term and even after, the individuals learn to identify their dysfunctional thinking patterns, correct their way of thinking about the situation, and move on with a new outlook and more positive behavior. However, cognitive behavior therapy may not yield the best results when used independently without medication. According to Cuijpers, Berking, Andersson, Quigley, Kleiboer, & Dobson (2013), “Our current meta-analysis found that the combination of CBT and pharmacotherapy was superior to pharmacotherapy
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