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Title: Sex offender assessment and treatment: one size fits all?
Author: Gray, Rosemary
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis aimed to explore assessment and treatment issues amongst underresearched groups of sexual offenders. Chapter One sets the context for the thesis. Chapter Two includes a critical appraisal of a widely used risk assessment tool (Risk Matrix 2000), including its validity with groups such as sexual offenders with intellectual disabilities (ID) and internet offenders. Chapter Three details the results of an empirical study which sought to explore the prevalence, characteristics and static risk factors for sexual offenders with ID, with and without a history of non-sexual violence (N=54). The former group were more likely to evidence antisocial features (prior condition failures and previous non-sexual/non-violent offences); whereas the latter group were more likely to have committed a sexual offence against a male victim. Amongst a subgroup (n=32), one quarter committed a further sexual offence over a mean follow-up period of four years. Failure to complete treatment was associated with sexual recidivism. Over one quarter committed a violent offence and other ·1 non-sexual offence. Age at referral was associated with these types of oj recidivism. History of violence was unrelated to all types of recidivism. Chapter Four includes a systematic review of primary research studies that have investigated dynamic risk factors for sexual offenders with ID (N=214). The results suggested that sexual offenders with ID are more likely to hold offence supportive attitudes, and may not utilise sources of social support as effectively as other men with ID. A case study of an internet offender is presented in Chapter Five. Current issues in the assessment and treatment of this group are also critically explored. Chapter Six considers practice implications, thesis limitations and future research directions.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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