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Title: Group treatment for male sex offenders with an intellectual disability
Author: Osiadacz, Nikkita
ISNI:       0000 0004 6058 9881
Awarding Body: Canterbury Christ Church University
Current Institution: Canterbury Christ Church University
Date of Award: 2016
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Preliminary results from research show some promising results for the Sex Offender Treatment Services Collaborative – Intellectual Disability (SOTSEC-ID) treatment on offence recidivism. However, further research that explores the processes of behaviour change is required. This study answered the research question: What are the key mechanisms to therapeutic change in individuals with ID who have completed a sex offender treatment programme (SOTP)? A qualitative grounded theory methodology was used to understand the processes of change. A semi-structured interview was used with 12 participants. The results showed that relationship experience, acceptance of responsibility, being able to remember the details of the group, group processes, understanding their own risk and practical strategies were the key areas that are influential in the change process. Barriers to change were also highlighted. The study concluded that there are other factors such as group processes important in the process of change that influence behaviour change, other than the content of the treatment. Group treatment is supported for this population.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HV1551 People with disabilities ; HV6569 Sex crimes ; RC0475 Therapeutics. Psychotherapy