Group treatment for men with intellectual disability and sexually abusive behaviour: Service user views

Hays, Sarah-Jane and Murphy, Glynis H. and Langdon, Peter E. and Rose, David and Reed, Tracy (2007) Group treatment for men with intellectual disability and sexually abusive behaviour: Service user views. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 32 (2). pp. 106-116. ISSN 1366-8250. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Background Men with intellectual disability ( ID) and sexually abusive behaviour are a disempowered and marginalised group. Nevertheless, as service users, they can be consulted and involved in a variety of different ways, including ascertaining their views of the services they receive. Method A group of 16 men with ID and sexually abusive behaviour were interviewed to ascertain their views approximately 2 months after completing a 1- year group cognitive behavioural treatment ( CBT) for sexual offending. Two raters independently reviewed interview transcripts and participant responses were summarised. Results The most salient components of treatment recalled by participants were: sex education; legal and illegal behaviours and their consequences; and discussions about specific sexual assaults. Only 3 of the 16 participants stated that they had problems with sexual offending, and only 1 identified that he had learnt about victim empathy, although this is an important component of treatment. Having support, the knowledge that they had the same problems as other group members, and talking through problems, were appreciated as some of the `` best things'' about the group, while the `` worst things'' were generally person- specific. Participants had mixed views on talking about their own offences during group sessions and, overall, viewed the experience as difficult but helpful. Conclusions Valuable insights into the aspects of treatment that group members found useful were explored. Such insights are often not captured by studies that assess the efficacy of treatment models using treatment- specific measures only, and these are important in defining the quality of services provided.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: intellectual disability; sexual offending; user view; cognitive behavioural treatment; sensitive research; empowerment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Peter Langdon
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 19:26
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2014 13:06
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