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Men with intellectual disabilities who have attended sex offender treatment groups: a follow-up

Heaton, Kathryn M., Murphy, Glynis H. (2013) Men with intellectual disabilities who have attended sex offender treatment groups: a follow-up. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 26 (5). pp. 489-500. ISSN 1360-2322. (doi:10.1111/jar.12038)

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/jar.12038
Projects: [UNSPECIFIED] SOTSECID
Additional information: Special Issue: Pathways, Assessment and Treatment of Offenders with Intellectual Disability
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV1568 Disability studies
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Jo Ruffels
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2013 12:59 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2019 13:29 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/35149 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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