A controlled evaluation of a prison based sexual offender intervention programme

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/596677
Title:
A controlled evaluation of a prison based sexual offender intervention programme
Authors:
O'Reilly, Gary; Carr, Alan; Murphy, Paul; Cotter, Anthony
Publisher:
Sage
Journal:
Sexual Abuse,
Issue Date:
Mar-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/596677
Additional Links:
http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5178
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
The effectiveness of a prison-based cognitive behavioural programme designed to modify psychological risk factors associated with sexual offending was evaluated. The Irish Prison Service Sexual Offender Intervention Programme, is a manualised 10-month CBT programme involving three two-hour group sessions per week which are facilitated by a team of clinical psychologists and probation officers. Improvements in 38 consecutive referrals to the programme were compared with the status of 38 untreated offenders who were similar in marital status, age when left school, occupational status prior to imprisonment, offence type, presence of previous convictions, and current sentence length. All research participants completed the same assessment protocol which evaluated psychological factors associated with sexual offending at times equivalent to pre- and post-intervention. Compared with the untreated control group, programme participants showed statistically significant improvement on some but not all self-report measures of cognitive distortions, empathy, interpersonal skills, self-regulation and relapse prevention. Motivation to change among the untreated control group was not associated with change in psychological functioning in the absence of the assistance of the treatment programme. Implications for sexual offender intervention delivery are considered
Keywords:
PRISON; COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT)
Local subject classification:
SEXUAL OFFENDER

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorO'Reilly, Garyen
dc.contributor.authorCarr, Alanen
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, Paulen
dc.contributor.authorCotter, Anthonyen
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-18T16:17:25Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-18T16:17:25Zen
dc.date.issued2010-03en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/596677en
dc.descriptionThe effectiveness of a prison-based cognitive behavioural programme designed to modify psychological risk factors associated with sexual offending was evaluated. The Irish Prison Service Sexual Offender Intervention Programme, is a manualised 10-month CBT programme involving three two-hour group sessions per week which are facilitated by a team of clinical psychologists and probation officers. Improvements in 38 consecutive referrals to the programme were compared with the status of 38 untreated offenders who were similar in marital status, age when left school, occupational status prior to imprisonment, offence type, presence of previous convictions, and current sentence length. All research participants completed the same assessment protocol which evaluated psychological factors associated with sexual offending at times equivalent to pre- and post-intervention. Compared with the untreated control group, programme participants showed statistically significant improvement on some but not all self-report measures of cognitive distortions, empathy, interpersonal skills, self-regulation and relapse prevention. Motivation to change among the untreated control group was not associated with change in psychological functioning in the absence of the assistance of the treatment programme. Implications for sexual offender intervention delivery are considereden
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSageen
dc.relation.urlhttp://hdl.handle.net/10197/5178en
dc.subjectPRISONen
dc.subjectCOGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT)en
dc.subject.otherSEXUAL OFFENDERen
dc.titleA controlled evaluation of a prison based sexual offender intervention programmeen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalSexual Abuse,en
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