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The Characteristics of Persistent Sexual Offenders: A Meta-Analysis of Recidivism Studies

The Characteristics of Persistent Sexual Offenders: A Meta-Analysis of Recidivism Studies A meta-analysis of 82 recidivism studies (1,620 findings from 29,450 sexual offenders) identified deviant sexual preferences and antisocial orientation as the major predictors of sexual recidivism for both adult and adolescent sexual offenders. Antisocial orientation was the major predictor of violent recidivism and general (any) recidivism. The review also identified some dynamic risk factors that have the potential of being useful treatment targets (e.g., sexual preoccupations, general self-regulation problems). Many of the variables commonly addressed in sex offender treatment programs (e.g., psychological distress, denial of sex crime, victim empathy, stated motivation for treatment) had little or no relationship with sexual or violent recidivism. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology American Psychological Association

The Characteristics of Persistent Sexual Offenders: A Meta-Analysis of Recidivism Studies

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Publisher
American Psychological Association
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
ISSN
0022-006x
eISSN
1939-2117
DOI
10.1037/0022-006X.73.6.1154
pmid
16392988
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Abstract

A meta-analysis of 82 recidivism studies (1,620 findings from 29,450 sexual offenders) identified deviant sexual preferences and antisocial orientation as the major predictors of sexual recidivism for both adult and adolescent sexual offenders. Antisocial orientation was the major predictor of violent recidivism and general (any) recidivism. The review also identified some dynamic risk factors that have the potential of being useful treatment targets (e.g., sexual preoccupations, general self-regulation problems). Many of the variables commonly addressed in sex offender treatment programs (e.g., psychological distress, denial of sex crime, victim empathy, stated motivation for treatment) had little or no relationship with sexual or violent recidivism.

Journal

Journal of Consulting and Clinical PsychologyAmerican Psychological Association

Published: Dec 1, 2005

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