The Effectiveness of Treatment Programs for Adult Sex Offenders


It has been debated for years whether treatment programs can reduce recidivism rates of  sexual offenders.  The findings are mixed and the debate continues.  In a survey originally completed in 2007 and updated in September 2012, Dr. Brake reviewed 44 research studies of adult offenders which focused on treatment outcome.  Some studies show modest but significant effects of treatment in lowering recidivism while others fail to show such effects.  Many studies result in qualified or mixed findings.  (Please note that several studies have appeared since this review was last updated in 2012; the review cannot be considered as current and so is no longer posted.  Please contact us if interested in the review.)

Not all sex offenders will require intensive treatment and supervision and we believe that it is imperative that sex-offense-specific evaluations clearly identify, as best as possible, which do and which do not. 




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